CN1894105A - Thermal printing and cleaning assembly - Google Patents

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CN1894105A
CN1894105A CN 200480037556 CN200480037556A CN1894105A CN 1894105 A CN1894105 A CN 1894105A CN 200480037556 CN200480037556 CN 200480037556 CN 200480037556 A CN200480037556 A CN 200480037556A CN 1894105 A CN1894105 A CN 1894105A
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J·约翰逊
D·J·哈里森
J·文托拉
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一种热打印组件,其包含第一挠性部分和连接到这种第一挠性部分的第二挠性部分。 A thermal printing assembly, comprising a first flexible portion and the first flexible portion that is connected to a second flexible portion. 这种组件的第一部分是包含热转印带、染料升华带或直接热敏基材(例如热敏纸)其中之一的热敏介质;热敏介质在加热时改变其油墨浓度。 The first part of this assembly comprising a thermal transfer ribbon, dye sublimation ribbon or direct thermal sensitive substrate (e.g. thermosensitive paper) wherein one of the heat-sensitive medium; medium thermosensitive ink density change upon heating. 这种组件的第二部分是具有两面的挠性载体,至少一面的平滑度小于50谢菲尔德单位并且包含努氏硬度小于约800的粒子,而另一面具有设计用于从使用过程中接触的表面上除去灰尘的粘合剂涂层。 Such an assembly is the second portion of the flexible support having two sides, at least one side Sheffield smoothness of less than 50 units and particles comprising a Knoop hardness of less than about 800, and the other surface having a surface designed for contact during use from removing the adhesive coating on the dust.

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热打印和清洁组件 Thermal printing and cleaning unit

技术领域 FIELD

一种热打印组件,其包含连接到挠性清洁部分的挠性打印部分。 A thermal printing assembly comprised of a flexible printed portion is connected to the flexible cleaning portion.

背景技术 Background technique

如本领域技术人员已知的,有两种公知的热打印方法:热转印打印和直接热打印。 As those skilled in the art of thermal printing, there are two known methods: thermal transfer printing and direct thermal printing. 尽管本发明的热打印组件可应用于这两种方法,但是为了简化讨论,本申请的大部分将致力于描述这种组件在热转印打印中的用途。 Although thermal printing assembly of the present invention may be applied to both methods, in order to simplify the discussion, the majority of the present application will focus on the use of such components is described in the thermal transfer printing.

热转印打印机是本领域技术人员公知的,并且描述于,例如1997年1月7日公布的国际公布号WO97/00781中,其全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Thermal transfer printers are well known to the skilled person and are described in, for example, January 7, 1997, published International Publication No. WO97 / 00781, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference. 如在此公布中公开的,热转印打印机是通过从薄膜带中熔化油墨并且将其在选择的位置处转移到接收材料上而产生图像的机器。 As disclosed in this publication, a thermal transfer printer is a machine image is generated by the melted ink from a film ribbon and transferring it at a selected position to the receiving material. 这样的打印机通常包含打印头,所述的打印头包括可以排成一行的多个加热元件。 Such a printer normally comprises a print head, said printhead comprising a plurality of heating elements may be arranged in a line. 可以选择性地运行加热元件。 The heating element can be operated selectively.

备选地,可以使用在美国专利6,124,944;6,118,467;6,116,709;6,103,389;6,102,534;6,084,623;6,083,872;6,082,912;6,078,346等中公开的一种或多种热转印打印机。 Alternatively, in U.S. Patent No. 6,124,944 may be used; 6,118,467; 6,116,709; 6,103,389; 6,102,534; 6,084,623; 6,083,872; 6,082,912; 6,078,346 and the like, one or more thermal transfer printers disclosed. 这些美国专利每个的公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Of each of these United States patents is hereby incorporated into the disclosure of the present specification by reference.

众所周知,热转印打印机中的打印头在使用时变脏;参见,例如美国专利5,688,060。 It is well known thermal transfer printer printhead dirty during use; see, e.g. U.S. Patent No. 5,688,060. 这种打印头的运行包括将选择的打印头元件电阻加热到超过200℃的温度,以促进成像油墨从给墨带向接收片的热转印。 This operation printhead comprises a printhead selected resistive heating element to exceed 200 ℃ temperatures to facilitate thermal transfer of the ink image to a receiving sheet to the ink ribbon from. 随着给墨带在成像过程中被运送越过打印头,该带的选择区域反过来被增能的打印头元件加热。 With the ink ribbon to the image forming process is conveyed past the print head, the print head element with a selected area to be energized in turn heated. 使用时,堆积的污染物聚集在打印头。 When in use, the accumulation of contaminants gathered at the print head. 这些污染物中的一些可能来自带本身。 Some of these contaminants may be from the band itself. 另外,聚集在将要与打印头接触的任何部件上的污染物可能转移到打印头上,导致打印质量随着积累而下降的相同问题。 Further, any accumulated on the member to be in contact with the printhead contaminants may be transferred to the printhead, resulting in the same problems with the accumulation of print quality and lowered. 对于这种转移特别有风险的一个部件是用于在打印过程中驱动和/或支撑介质的驱动辊或压板。 Particularly at risk for such a transfer member for driving during printing and / or drive roller or platen support medium.

一些热转印打印机中集成有自动打印头清洁装置;参见,例如Terao的美国专利5,688,060。 Some thermal printers have integrated automatic head cleaning apparatus; see, e.g. U.S. Patent No. 5,688,060 Terao. 在该专利中公开:在″一种热转印打印机,其中打印头被污损时,打印头上的碎屑可以自动除去。将可移动到压板和从压板移动开的打印头安装在能够沿着压板往复运动的支架上,并且将清洁垫安置在压板的打印栏的下游或上游的压板的引出线上″(参见栏2)。 In this patent is disclosed: In "a thermal transfer printer, wherein the print head is offset, the print head can be automatically removed debris movable platen to move the platen and apart from the print head can be mounted along. the reciprocating platen bracket, and the cleaning pad positioned on the platen lead downstream or upstream of the platen to print bar "(see column 2). 这种清洁垫典型地是用诸如异丙醇的溶剂饱和的,并且需要经常补充。 Such cleaning pad is typically saturated with a solvent such as isopropanol, and require frequent added.

其它打印头清洁体系使用的是集成到热转印介质中的有机溶剂袋。 Other print head cleaning using an organic solvent system is integrated into the bag the thermal transfer medium. 参见,例如,Francis的美国专利5,875,719,其中公开了“用于清洁行李标签打印机的打印头的清洁装置,所述的行李标签打印机用于在其上打印乘客身份识别和目的地标记。打印头清洁器包含多个相互首尾相接形成行李标签长带的行李标签。清洁器固定于标签的最后,在最后的标签打印完后自动前进至打印机。清洁器包括一些打印头清洁液,这些打印头清洁液密封于袋中,在通过打印机时破裂。可以在袋上固定一个纸尾巴,用于与打印头摩擦接合,以促进其清洁。”(参见该专利的第2和3栏)。 See, e.g., U.S. Patent No. 5,875,719 Francis, which discloses "a cleaning device for cleaning a printhead of the label printer of baggage, the baggage label printer for printing on which the passenger identification and the destination tag. Printhead cleaning comprises a plurality of mutually connected end to end form a baggage tag with the baggage tag length. cleaner is fixed to the last label in the label printing after the last automatic advancement to the printer. Some print head cleaner includes a cleaning fluid, a cleaning printheads was sealed in the bag, when broken by the printer may be secured to the bag in a paper tail, for frictional engagement with the print head, to facilitate its cleaning. "(see columns 2 and 3 of the patent). 这种体系制造复杂。 This system manufacturing complex. 热介质典型地是通过将介质缠绕在圆柱芯上而制备的。 The heat medium is typically prepared by the media wound around the cylindrical core. 如果将清洁袋置于介质末端,直接与芯相邻,则清洁袋将承受相对高的缠绕压力,使其具有在使用前破裂的危险。 If the cleaning media bag in the end, directly adjacent to the core, the cleaning of the bag will be subjected to a relatively high winding pressure, it has a risk of rupture before use. 如果将清洁袋置于介质的开始处,则有清洁溶剂在介质使用前散布到热介质上而损害介质的危险。 If the bag is placed at the beginning of the cleaning medium, a cleaning solvent is spread onto medium risk of damage to the heat medium prior to use of the medium. 另外,这种清洁袋被设计用来破碎的,因此容易在使用前破裂,对使用前的热介质有潜在的危害。 Further, the bag is designed to clean broken, it is easy to use prior to rupture, potentially harmful heat medium prior to use.

清洁打印头的方法还公开于Eyler的美国专利5,525,417中,其全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Cleaning the printhead further disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 5,525,417 Eyler, the entire disclosure of which is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference. 根据Eyler的该专利,″一种清洁头、传感器和/或辊的常规方法是使用清洁卡。清洁卡具有与数据记录卡近似的大小。典型地,将清洁卡制成层压制品,其具有丙烯酸类、PVC、PET或ABS塑料材料等的半刚性芯,在芯的两侧表面上化学结合柔软的基本上非研磨性材料的非织造纤维。清洁卡可以用溶剂预先饱和,或者可以在即将使用清洁卡之前加入溶剂。不幸的是,化学结合方法包括层压方法必需的粘合剂、胶粘剂和其它材料,但是,这些材料在清洁所需的溶剂存在下将恶化,从而将破坏卡的结构完整性。Rzasa的美国专利5,227,226描述了一种非层压的清洁卡。该非层压的清洁卡是多孔性的,允许渗透清洁溶剂。如果将设备暴露于这种清洁溶剂太长的时间,设备可能受到不利影响。此外,常规的清洁卡经常不利地将静电引入到设备中″(参见该专利的1和2栏)。 Eyler According to this patent, a "a clean head, the sensor and / or conventional methods is to use the roll cleaning card cleaning card having a data recording card approximate size. Typically, the cleaning card made of laminate, having acrylic, PVC, PET or ABS plastic material of semi-rigid core, on both side surfaces of the core of chemically bonded soft, substantially non-abrasive nonwoven fibrous material. cards may be pre-saturated with a cleaning solvent, or may be in the forthcoming before using the cleaning solvent is added to the card. Unfortunately, chemical bonding methods include adhesives, laminating adhesives, and other materials necessary for the method, however, these materials will deteriorate in the presence of a solvent needed for cleaning, so as to destroy the structure of the card U.S. Patent No. 5,227,226 describes the integrity .Rzasa a non-laminated cleaning card of the non-laminated cleaning card is porous, allowing penetration of the cleaning solvent. If the equipment is exposed to a cleaning solvent such time is too long, equipment may be adversely affected. in addition, conventional cleaning cards are often adversely static electricity is introduced into the device "(see column 12 of the patent and).

在美国专利5,525,417中,Eyler公开了一种用于从打印头和其它装置上除去污染物的两部分清洁卡。 In U.S. Patent No. 5,525, 417 in, Eyler two part cleaning card disclosed a system for removing contaminants from the print head and other devices. ″所述清洁卡通常包含扁平的半刚性基底,基底的第一侧表面机械结合有第一种材料,而在其第二侧表面机械结合有第二种材料。也要求保护机械结合方法。在发明的优选形式中,清洁卡提供了一种更快清洁设备并且有效除去顽固污染物的方式。基底包括扁平的半刚性通常为矩形的丙烯酸类、PVC、PET或ABS等塑料材料片。基底的大小通常与卡的尺寸一致,卡上载有数据并且可以着色以增加其不透明性,从而能够为一些设备所接收。在第一优选的实施方案中,机械结合到第一侧表面上的第一种材料基本上是研磨剂。其一个实例是Reemay的Reemay.RTM.,一种非织造纺粘的聚酯。该材料基本上难以渗透,从而限制清洁溶剂的吸收。机械结合到第二侧表面上的第二种材料包含射流喷网法非织造织物,如DuPont的Sontara.RTM.,该材料是柔软的,基本上非研磨性的、轻便 "The cleaning card typically comprises a flat semi-rigid substrate, a first side surface of the substrate binding machine with a first material, and the second side surface thereof bonded mechanically with a second material is also claimed a mechanical bonding method. In preferred form of the invention, the cleaning card provided a cleaning apparatus and faster way to efficiently remove stubborn contaminants. substrate comprises a flat sheet of plastic material generally rectangular semirigid acrylic, PVC, PET or the like the ABS. substrate size generally consistent with the size of the card, the card containing the data, and may be colored to increase its opacity, it is possible for some of the receiving device. in a first preferred embodiment, mechanically coupled to the first surface on the first side substantially abrasive material. one example thereof is the Reemay Reemay.RTM., a woven polyester spunbond non this substantially impenetrable material, thus limiting the absorption of the cleaning solvent. mechanically bonded to the second side surface second material comprises a nonwoven spunlaced fabrics, such as the Sontara.RTM DuPont., the material is a flexible, substantially non-abrasive, light 且悬垂的。该材料基本上是可渗透的,用以改善清洁溶剂的吸收。在备选的实施方案中,研磨剂第一种材料是3M Imperial LappingFilm,也是一种基本上不渗透的材料″(参见该专利的2和3栏)。 And depending This material is substantially permeable to improve the absorption of cleaning solvent. In alternative embodiments, the first abrasive material is 3M Imperial LappingFilm, also a substantially impermeable material " (see columns 2 and 3 of the patent).

美国专利5,525,417还公开了″另一常规方法是通过用浸渍有清洁溶剂的软纸或抹布擦拭以除去污染物。但是,在这种情况下,必需拆开设备以暴露出辊和头″(参见该专利第2栏)。 U.S. Patent No. 5,525, 417 also discloses "Another conventional method is by impregnating with a cleaning solvent soft paper or rag to remove contaminants. However, in this case, it is necessary to open the device and expose the roller head" (see column 2 of the patent).

这样的研磨性清洁卡,如在例如在美国专利5,525,417中所公开的,经常由于打印头元件在擦除打印头上的碎屑或污染物的过程中划伤打印头而损坏打印头。 Such abrasive cleaning cards, as in U.S. Patent No. 5,525, 417, for example, as disclosed, often due to the print head element during the print head scratching erase print head debris or contaminants and damaging the print head. 另外,如果在打印头的清洁中必需使用溶剂,则该方法既不便又有潜在的危险。 Further, if necessary in a solvent is used to clean the print head, the method does not then have potentially dangerous. 由于许多溶剂的易燃性质以及在处理热介质时可能产生的静电,着火或爆炸的潜在危险是现实存在的。 Since many solvents are flammable and electrostatic properties in handling of the heat medium may be generated, fire or explosion potential is real. 许多其它专利公开了使用研磨性基材或溶剂来清洁各种打印头。 Many other patents disclose the use of abrasive cleaning various substrate or solvent printhead. 参见,例如美国专利5,563,646;5,536,328;4,933,015;5,926,197;6,210,490;5,227,226和6,028,614,这些美国专利每个的公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 See, e.g., U.S. Patent No. 5,563,646; 5,536,328; 4,933,015; 5,926,197; 6,210,490; 5,227,226 and 6,028,614, the disclosure of each of these U.S. patents is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference.

打印头清洁卡,例如可获自Sato America,10350A Nations Ford Road,Charlotte,North Carolina 28273的Sato Thermal Printer Cleaning Sheet,是基于研磨性搭接薄膜的。 Print head cleaning card, e.g. available from Sato America, 10350A Nations Ford Road, Charlotte, North Carolina Sato Thermal Printer 28273 of Cleaning Sheet, based abrasive overlapping film. 这些清洁卡包含至少具有一个粗糙研磨性表面的薄膜。 These cleaning cards comprising at least a thin film having a roughened polishing surface. 该表面上的研磨剂粒子与表面牢固结合。 The abrasive particles on the surface strongly bound to the surface. 这些薄膜典型的谢菲尔德平滑度大于60。 These films typically Sheffield smoothness of greater than 60.

根据Shinji Imai,在他的美国专利5,995,126中,″搭接薄膜具有嵌埋在基材薄膜表面中的诸如氧化铝粒子的研磨剂,并且可以通过输送代替热材料的搭接薄膜刮除牢固粘附在热头表面上的沉积物。但是,搭接薄膜的研磨效果太大,以致于除去热头上的保护性陶瓷涂层,从而使热头在其预期的使用期之前过早地磨损″(参见该专利的第1栏)。 According Shinji Imai, in his U.S. Patent 5,995,126, the "overlap film having an abrasive embedded in the surface of the film substrate such as alumina particles, and may place the blade firmly adhering the overlapping film material by transporting heat deposits on the surface of the thermal head. However, the lap grinding effect film is too large to remove the protective ceramic coating of a thermal head, a thermal head so that the wear prematurely before its expected period of use "( see column 1 of the patent).

本发明的一个目的是提供一种同时清洁打印头和背衬辊或压板而不损坏它们的方法。 An object of the present invention is to provide a simultaneously clean the print head and the platen or backing roll method without damaging them.

发明内容 SUMMARY

根据本发明,提供一种热打印组件,其中包含至少两个连接在一起的挠性部分。 According to the present invention, there is provided a thermal printing assembly, wherein the flexible portion comprises at least two connected together. 该组件的至少一个部分是包含热转印带、染料升华带或直接热敏基材(例如热敏纸)的热敏介质;热敏介质在加热时或者改变颜色或者促使接收器改变颜色。 At least a portion of the assembly comprising a thermal transfer ribbon, dye sublimation ribbon or direct thermal sensitive substrate (e.g. thermosensitive paper) thermal medium;-sensitive medium upon heating or change color or cause the receiver to change color. 这种组件的一个或多个其它部分是具有两面的挠性载体,至少一面的平滑度小于100谢菲尔德单位并且包含努氏硬度小于约800的粒子。 One or more other portions of such an assembly is a flexible support having two sides, at least one surface smoothness of less than 100 Sheffield units and comprises a Knoop hardness of less than about 800 particles. 另外,一个或多个其它部分具有涂布有粘合剂材料的第二面。 Additionally, one or more additional portions having a second surface coated with adhesive material.

附图简述本发明将参考本说明书和附图进行描述,其中同样的数字表示同样的元件,并且其中:图1是表示热打印压区的横截面图;图2示意性地表示了打印头清洁薄膜;图3示意性地表示了多层打印头清洁薄膜;图4示意性地表示了常规打印头清洁卡;图5示意性地表示了热转印带; Brief Description of the present invention with reference to the accompanying drawings and described in the present specification, wherein like numerals denote like elements, and wherein: FIG 1 is a cross-sectional view of the thermal printing nip; FIG. 2 schematically shows a printing head cleaning film; FIG. 3 schematically shows a multi-layer print head cleaning film; Fig. 4 schematically shows a conventional print head cleaning card; FIG. 5 schematically shows a marking tape;

图6示意性地表示了具有打印头清洁引导部分的热转印带,其中引导部分具有涂布在辊内部上的带的成像面;图7示意性地表示了具有打印头清洁末尾部分的热转印带;图8示意性地表示了具有多个打印头清洁引导部分的热转印带,其中引导部分具有涂布在辊外部上的带的成像面;图9示意性地表示了热转印打印头清洁带;图10示意性地表示了缠绕有打印头清洁引导部分的直接热成像介质;图11示意性地表示了具有打印头清洁尾部的热转印带,其中打印头清洁尾部具有粘附的粘合剂基打印机压板辊清洁器部分;图12示意性地表示了具有多个打印头清洁引导部分的热转印带,其中引导部分具有涂布在辊外部上的带的成像面,所述的辊具有粘附的粘合剂基打印机压板辊清洁器部分;和图13示意性地表示了具有涂布在辊内部上的带的成像面成像面的热转印带;与 Figure 6 schematically shows a cleaning head having a printing thermal transfer ribbon guide portion, wherein the portion of the imaging surface with a coating on the interior of the guide roller; FIG. 7 schematically shows a thermal print head having a cleaning end portion a transfer belt; FIG. 8 schematically shows a thermal transfer ribbon having a plurality of print head cleaning guide portion, wherein the portion of the imaging surface with a coating on the outside of the guide roller; FIG. 9 schematically shows the heat transfer print head cleaning tape; FIG. 10 schematically shows a wound direct thermal imaging print head cleaning medium guide portion; FIG. 11 schematically shows a thermal transfer ribbon having a printhead cleaning tail, wherein the tail portion having a printhead cleaning adhesion binder matrix printer platen roller cleaner section; FIG. 12 schematically shows a thermal transfer ribbon having a plurality of print head cleaning guide portion, wherein the portion of the imaging surface with a coating on the exterior of the guide roller the adhesive roller having an adhesive-based printer platen roller cleaner section; and FIG. 13 schematically shows a marking tape with a coating on the interior of the roll of the imaging plane of the imaging surface; and 转印带背面一致的打印头清洁引导部分,以及与热转印带成像面一致的粘合剂基打印机压板辊清洁器部分。 Adhesive yl printer platen roller cleaner section consistent printhead cleaning the back surface of the transfer belt guide portion, and a thermal transfer ribbon coincides with the image plane.

实施本发明的最佳方式维护和清洁数字热敏打印机的热打印头是其最佳系统性能所需要的。 BEST MODE FOR CARRYING OUT THE INVENTION digital thermal printer maintenance and cleaning of the thermal head which is required for optimal system performance. 类似地,主动辊或打印压板的清洁也是最佳打印性能所需要的。 Similarly, the cleaning roller or the printing platen active optimum performance is also required. 申请人发现,光滑的非研磨性基材可以提供在不损伤打印头本身的情况下清洁热打印头的新型方法。 Applicant has found that a smooth non-abrasive substrate can provide a novel method without damaging the print head itself cleaning the thermal print head. 另外,将粘合剂材料涂覆在与辊接触的基材的一侧上,基本上除去辊或压板上的碎屑,所述的辊或压板在打印压区中提供压力,从而消除了该碎屑转移到打印头本身的可能性。 Further, the adhesive material is coated on the side of the substrate in contact with the roller, to substantially remove debris from the roller or platen, said platen roller or pressure is provided in the printing nip, thereby eliminating the the possibility of the print head itself debris transferred to.

图1描绘了数字热敏打印机打印压区组件50的横截面结构。 Figure 1 depicts a cross-sectional structure of a digital thermal printer assembly 50 of the nip. 压区49形成于热打印头54和压板辊53之间。 53 between the nip 49 formed in the thermal print head 54 and the platen roller. 打印头54包含刚性基底51和加热元件阵列52。 The print head 54 comprises a rigid substrate 51 and the array of heating elements 52. 在一个实施方案中,加热元件阵列52包含单独的加热器的阵列,每个加热器均可由数字热敏打印机(未显示)单独控制。 In one embodiment, heating element array 52 comprises an array of individual heaters, each heater can be a digital thermal printer (not shown) controlled individually.

再参考图1以及其中描述的优选实施方案,将非研磨性清洁薄膜100置于形成在数字热敏打印机(未显示)打印头54和打印压板辊53之间的压区49中。 1 and described in the preferred embodiments Referring again to FIG wherein the non-abrasive cleaning film 100 is formed is placed in a digital thermal printer (not shown) the nip 53 between print head 54 and the printing platen roller 49. 这种薄膜100优选包含松散保持的软粒子103。 The film 100 preferably comprises a soft particles 103 loosely held. 不希望拘泥于任何具体理论,申请人认为这样的软粒子103通过磨光作用促进了打印头的清洁,如图1所示的,当拉动清洁薄膜100通过热打印压区49中的热打印头54的阵列52时,发生该磨光作用。 Without wishing to be bound by any particular theory, Applicants believe that the promotion of such soft cleaning particles 103 by the polishing action of the print head, as shown, is pulled through a thermal printing nip 100 cleaning film thermal print head 49 shown in FIG. 1 54. when the array 52, the polishing action occurs.

优选软粒子103的粒子大小分布是这样的:至少约90重量百分比的这种粒子的最大横截面尺寸(例如最大直径)小于约100微米,并且优选小于约50微米。 Preferably the soft particles 103 particle size distribution is such that: at least the maximum cross-sectional dimension of such particles is from about 90 weight percent (e.g., a maximum diameter) less than about 100 microns, and preferably less than about 50 microns. 在一个实施方案中,至少95重量百分比的这种粒子小于约25微米,还更优选小于约15微米。 In one embodiment, at least 95 weight percent of such particles is less than about 25 microns, still more preferably less than about 15 microns.

优选软粒子103的努氏硬度小于约800。 Preferably the soft particles 103 Knoop hardness of less than about 800. 如本领域技术人员已知的,硬度是一种材料在已知载荷下对特定大小和形状的硬度试验压头的变形的抵抗能力。 As known to the skilled person, the hardness of a material is the resistance to deformation of the hardness tester indenter of specific size and shape under a known load. 最普通使用的硬度尺度为布氏硬度(Brinell)(用于铸铁),罗氏硬度(Rochwell)(用于金属薄片和热处理钢),金刚石硬度,棱锥体硬度,努氏硬度(Knoop)和金属硬度(用于金属)。 The most commonly used scale hardness of Brinell hardness (a Brinell) (for cast iron), Roche hardness (Rochwell) (for a metal foil and heat-treated steel), the hardness of diamond pyramid hardness, Knoop hardness (the Knoop) and metal hardness (for metal).

努氏硬度试验及其进行方式是本领域技术人员熟知的。 Knoop hardness test method is performed and the person skilled in the art. 可参考例如美国专利5,472,058;5,213,588;5,551,960;5,015,608;6,074,100;5,975,988;5,358,402;4,737,252;4,029,368等。 U.S. Patent No. 5,472,058, for example, reference may be; 5,213,588; 5,551,960; 5,015,608; 6,074,100; 5,975,988; 5,358,402; 4,737,252; 4,029,368 and the like. 这些美国专利每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of each U.S. Patent herein incorporated by reference into this specification.

在一个优选的实施方案中,再参考图1,优选软粒子103的努氏硬度小于约500,还更优选努氏硬度小于约300。 In a preferred embodiment, Referring again to FIG 1, a Knoop hardness of the soft particles 103 preferably less than about 500, still more preferably less than about 300 Knoop hardness. 在一个特别优选的实施方案中,软粒子103的努氏硬度优选小于约150。 In a particularly preferred embodiment, the soft particles 103 Knoop hardness is preferably less than about 150.

再参考图1以及其中所述的优选实施方案,可见清洁薄膜100包含相反的表面45和47;优选表面47是与打印头54和其上的加热元件阵列52接触的表面。 Referring again to FIG. 1 and wherein the preferred embodiment, showing the cleaning film 100 comprises opposite surfaces 45 and 47; preferably surface 47 is in contact with the surface of the print head 54 and the heating element 52 on the array. 在图1描述的实施方案中,表面47包含多个软粒子103。 In the embodiment illustrated in Figure 1, the surface 47 comprises a plurality of soft particles 103.

优选软粒子103整体地连接到并且嵌埋在表面47中;这些软粒子47连同它们优选嵌埋在其中的基质形成表面47。 Soft particles 103 preferably integrally connected to and embedded in the surface 47; together these soft particles 47 are preferably embedded in a matrix-forming surface 47 therein.

如图1所示,至少一些软粒子103延伸到它们嵌埋的基质上。 As shown in FIG. 1, at least some of the soft particles 103 extend into their embedded matrix.

足够量的这种软粒子存在于表面47上,和/或延伸到它们嵌埋的基质上,以达到清洁打印头54的目的。 A sufficient amount of such soft particles are present on the surface 47, and / or to extend their embedding matrix, for the purpose of cleaning the print head 54. 通常,至少约100个这种粒子103/平方毫米表面47存在于表面47上,并且优选在这种表面47上均匀分布。 Typically, such particles of at least about 100 103 / square millimeter of the surface 47 present on the surface 47, and on such surface 47 is preferably evenly distributed. 在一个实施方案中,至少约500个这种粒子103存在于每平方毫米的这种表面47上,并且优选在这种表面47上均匀分布。 In one embodiment, at least about 500 of such particles 103 are present on such surface 47 per square millimeter, and on such surface 47 is preferably evenly distributed. 在另一实施方案中,对于每平方毫米的这种表面47,存在至少约1000个这种粒子103,并且优选在该表面上均匀分布。 In another embodiment, for each square millimeter of such surface 47, the presence of such particles of at least about 1 000 103, and are preferably uniformly distributed over the surface.

再参考图1,优选表面47的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约50。 Referring again to FIG 1, preferably 47 Sheffield surface smoothness of less than about 50. 如本领域技术人员已知的,测定谢菲尔德平滑度的方式是公知的。 As those skilled in the art, the measurement mode Sheffield smoothness are well known. 可参考例如美国专利4,834,739(external feminine protection device);5,011,480(absorbentarticle having a non-woven frictional surface);5,451,559;5,316,344(stationarywith removable printable labels);5,271,990;5,716,900;6,332,953;5,985,424等。 Reference may, for example, U.S. Patent 4,834,739 (external feminine protection device); 5,011,480 (absorbentarticle having a non-woven frictional surface); 5,451,559; 5,316,344 (stationarywith removable printable labels); 5,271,990; 5,716,900; 6,332,953; 5,985,424 and the like. 这些美国专利每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of each U.S. Patent herein incorporated by reference into this specification.

在一个优选的实施方案中,表面47的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约30,更优选小于约20,还更优选小于约10。 In a preferred embodiment, the surface 47 Sheffield smoothness of less than about 30, more preferably less than about 20, still more preferably less than about 10. 在该实施方案的一个方面,表面47谢菲尔德平滑度优选小于约5。 In one aspect of this embodiment, a Sheffield smoothness of surface 47 is preferably less than about 5.

再参考图1以及其中所述的优选实施方案,可见优选清洁薄膜100的厚度43小于约500微米。 Referring again to FIG preferred embodiment 1, and wherein the thickness of the cleaning film 100 is visible 43 preferably less than about 500 microns. 在一个实施方案中,厚度43为约25微米~约400微米。 In one embodiment, the thickness 43 of from about 25 microns to about 400 microns. 在另一实施方案中,厚度43为约50~约200微米。 In another embodiment, the thickness 43 of from about 50 to about 200 microns. 在另一实施方案中,厚度43为约100~约175微米。 In another embodiment, the thickness 43 of from about 100 to about 175 microns. 优选从表面45的底部到表面47的顶部测量厚度43;测量到延伸在软粒子103嵌埋的基质上的软粒子103,这些软粒子103代表表面47的顶部。 Is preferably measured from the bottom surface 45 of the top surface 47 to a thickness of 43; measured at 103 extending to a matrix embedding the soft particles 103 soft particles, which soft particles 103 represents the top surface 47.

再参考图1以及其中所述的优选实施方案,应当注意到,现有技术的常规打印头清洁卡包含粗糙的研磨性基材,其中硬粒子从基材表面延伸出来并且牢固地锚定在基材上。 1 and a preferred embodiment wherein the embodiment of FIG. Referring again, it should be noted, conventional prior art printhead cleaning card coarse abrasive comprising a substrate, wherein the hard particles extending from a surface of a substrate and firmly anchored in the base on the timber. 当将这样的清洁卡置于热打印压区49并且拉动通过该压区的阵列52时,清洁卡能够同时刮除阵列52以及打印头54本身的顶面的污染物。 When such cleaning cards placed in a thermal printing nip 49 and the array 52 is pulled through the nip, the cleaning card can be simultaneously scrape contaminants array 52 and the top surface of the print head 54 itself.

本发明在其一个实施方案中提供一种用不会损伤打印头的非研磨性清洁薄膜定期维护打印头的方式。 The present invention provides a non-abrasive cleaning film will not damage the printhead regular maintenance of the print head in a manner which is one embodiment. 在本发明的一个优选实施方案中,非研磨性清洁薄膜粘附于热介质上,以便于每次改变介质时使用。 In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the non-abrasive cleaning film is attached to the heat medium, for use, for each medium change. 这样的定期维护有助于使可能堆积在打印头并且降低其性能的重污染最小化。 Such regular maintenance helps may accumulate in the printhead and reduce its performance heavy pollution is minimized.

非研磨性清洁薄膜是侵蚀性搭接薄膜的替代物,所述侵蚀性搭接薄膜典型地用于清洁热打印头并且其后缩短它们的使用寿命。 Non-abrasive cleaning films are an alternative to aggressive overlap film, the overlap film erosion typically used to clean thermal print heads and thereafter shorten lifetime. 尽管这些非研磨性薄膜不能完全恢复严重污染的打印头,它们的使用也不损坏打印头。 While these non-abrasive films can not be completely restored printhead polluting, their use does not damage the print head. 但是,这些清洁卡没有清洁打印压板或辊,而打印压板或辊的污染也可能使打印机性能变差,用户必须采用另外的方法来除去聚集在这些表面上的任何碎屑。 However, these cards cleaning or no cleaning printing platen roller, and the print platen or roll contamination may cause poor performance printer, the user must use other methods to remove any debris accumulated on these surfaces.

图2示意性地表示了优选的打印头清洁薄膜100。 FIG 2 schematically illustrates a preferred print head cleaning film 100. 清洁薄膜包含挠性载体101。 Cleaning film 101 comprising a flexible support. 挠性载体101可以包含塑料薄膜或纸,或者其它的合成非织造薄片和/或这些材料的层压制品,所述的塑料如聚酯、聚丙烯、玻璃纸、聚碳酸酯、乙酸纤维素、聚乙烯、聚氯乙烯、聚苯乙烯、尼龙、聚酰亚胺、聚偏二氯乙烯、聚乙烯醇、氟树脂、氯化树脂、离子交联聚合物,所述的纸如牛皮纸、犊皮纸、树脂涂层的、电容器纸和蜡纸。 The flexible carrier 101 may comprise a plastic film or paper, or other synthetic nonwoven sheet and / or laminate of these materials, a plastic such as polyester, polypropylene, cellophane, polycarbonate, cellulose acetate, poly polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, nylon, polyimide, polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, fluororesin, chlorinated resin, ionomer, paper such as a kraft paper, vellum, the resin coat layer, capacitor paper and wax paper.

对本领域技术人员显而易见的是,图2所示的薄膜100可以用常规方法,通过制备包含均匀分散在其中的粒子102、103和104的熔融聚合物混合物,然后从这种熔融混合物中挤出薄膜100而制备的。 Be apparent to persons skilled in the art, the film 100 may be as shown in FIG. 2 by a conventional method, by preparing a molten polymer mixture was uniformly dispersed in the particles 102, 103 and 104 therein, and then extruding the molten mixture from the film 100 prepared. 备选地,或另外,在挤出薄膜100后可以将一些粒子(例如粒子103)嵌埋到薄膜100的表面45和/或47中。 Alternatively, or in addition, after extrusion film 100 may be some of the particles (e.g. 103 particles) embedded into the surface 45 and / or 47 in the film 100.

用这种挤出方法制备的产品将有一些完全安置于薄膜内的粒子102、103和/或104。 The product prepared by this extrusion process will have some film entirely disposed within the particles 102, 103 and / or 104.

无论将何种基底材料用于挠性载体101,这种基底材料优选包含紧密和均匀分散其中的多个软清洁粒子102。 No matter what the material for the flexible support substrate 101, such a substrate material preferably comprises a dense and uniformly dispersed therein a plurality of soft cleaning particles 102. 如对本领域技术人员显然的是,可以用以下方法制造诸如清洁薄膜100的结构:形成包含聚合物和软粒子102和/或不透明化粒子104的聚合物熔融体,然后用常规方法从这样的聚合物熔融体挤出薄膜。 As apparent to those skilled in the art that the structure may be made such as a cleaning film 100 by the following method: forming inclusion and / or a polymer melt opacification particles 104 and a soft polymer particles 102, and then by a conventional method such polymerization from It was melt extruded film.

在一个实施方案中,一些软清洁粒子103松散地保持在挠性基材101的表面上。 In one embodiment, some of the soft cleaning particles 103 are loosely retained on the surface 101 of the flexible substrate. 如此处所使用的,术语松散地保持是指至少一些粒子103适于通过施加剪切应力而从表面47移动,所述的剪切应力是在薄膜100在压区49被压缩并且移动通过打印头54时典型地遇到的。 As used herein, the term loosely holding means 103 adapted to at least some of the particles by the application of shear stress from the moving surface 47, the shear stress in the film 100 is compressed in the nip 49 is moved by the print head 54 and typically encountered.

这些软清洁粒子103可以是任何硬度小于努式硬度800的无机粒子。 These soft cleaning particles 103 may be any of a hardness less than the Knoop hardness of the inorganic particles 800. 因此,作为举例说明而非限制,可以使用无机粒子如碳酸钙粒子、云母粒子、滑石粒子、粘土粒子等。 Thus, by way of illustration and not limitation, inorganic particles such as calcium carbonate particles, mica particles, talc particles, clay particles.

备选地,或者另外地,软清洁粒子103可以包含有机粒子或者由有机粒子组成,所述有机粒子如聚苯乙烯、聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯、聚(丙烯酸正丁酯)、聚丁二烯、聚(二乙烯基苯)、乙酸纤维素等,条件是这种粒子具有所述的努氏硬度值,并且包含它们的薄膜表面具有以上所述的谢菲尔德平滑度值。 Alternatively, or in addition, the soft cleaning particles 103 may comprise organic particles, or an organic particles, the organic particles such as polystyrene, polymethyl methacrylate, poly (n-butyl acrylate), polybutadiene , poly (divinylbenzene), cellulose acetate and the like, provided that such particles having a Knoop hardness value of, and the surface of the film containing them having a Sheffield smoothness values ​​described above. 还可以采用包含一种或多种有机和无机材料的共混物的粒子。 Particles may also be employed comprise one or more organic and inorganic materials blend.

再参考图2,挠性基材101可以还包含不透明化粒子104。 Referring again to FIG. 2, the flexible substrate 101 may further comprise opacification particles 104. 这种不透明化粒子有助于减小通过挠性薄膜100的光透射,并且使薄膜100具有白色外观。 Such opacification particles help to reduce light transmission through the flexible film 100 and the film 100 having a white appearance. 这种不透明化粒子104典型地具有大于1.4的折射率。 Such opacification particles 104 typically have a refractive index greater than 1.4. 这种粒子的实例包括二氧化钛、氧化钡等。 Examples of such particles include titanium oxide, barium oxide and the like.

再参考图2,非研磨性清洁薄膜100可以任选包含粘土或碳酸钙处理的合成纸。 Referring again to FIG 2, a non-abrasive cleaning film 100 may optionally contain a clay or synthetic calcium carbonate treated. 因此,作为举例说明而非限制,可以使用Hop IndustriesCorporation(174 Passaic Street,Garfield,New Jersey)销售的一种或多种合成纸。 Thus, by way of illustration and not limitation, may be used in the Hop IndustriesCorporation A sales (174 Passaic Street, Garfield, New Jersey) or more synthetic paper. 因此,例如可以使用HOP 5.9微米合成纸。 Thus, for example, may be used synthetic paper HOP 5.9 microns. 因此,例如可以使用″HOP-SYN合成纸″,DLI级;该纸是粘土改性的聚丙烯,并且是从粘土、碳酸钙和聚丙烯树脂混合物制成的砑光(calendared)塑料薄片。 Thus, for example, using the "HOP-SYN synthetic paper", DLI level; this paper is a clay modified polypropylene, and a calender (calendared) plastic sheets made from clay, calcium carbonate and a polypropylene resin mixture.

进一步举例说明,可以使用作为日本东京Oji-Yuka合成纸公司的″Yupo合成纸″而获得的一种或多种合成纸(如定向聚丙烯和聚乙烯-基合成纸)。 Further illustrate, one or more may be used as synthetic paper, Tokyo, Japan Oji-Yuka Synthetic Paper Company "Yupo synthetic paper" is obtained (e.g., oriented polypropylene and polyethylene - based synthetic paper). 可以使用获自法国巴黎Arjobex的″Polyart合成纸″。 Paris, France can be obtained from the use of Arjobex "Polyart synthetic paper." 可以使用加州Pasadena的Avery Dennison公司销售的″Kimdura合成纸″。 Pasadena, California can use Avery Dennison's sales of "Kimdura synthetic paper." 这些以及其它合成纸是公知的,并且公开于例如美国专利5,474,966;6,086,987和5,108,834以及美国专利申请2003/0089450中;这些专利文件每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 These and other synthetic papers are well known and disclosed in, for example, U.S. Patent No. 5,474,966; 6,086,987 and 5,108,834 and U.S. Patent Application 2003/0089450; the disclosures of all of these patent documents each herein incorporated by reference into this specification. 优选这种合成纸的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100。 Preferably such synthetic paper Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100.

当在本发明中使用时,这些光滑的合成纸温和地清洁打印头堆积物而不划伤打印头。 When used in the present invention, these synthetic paper smooth gently cleanse the printhead deposits without scratching the print head. 清洁薄膜100的总薄膜厚度通常影响性能,这取决于被清洁的热转印打印机。 Total film thickness of the cleaning film 100 typically affects performance, depending on the thermal transfer printer to be cleaned. 打印头和清洁薄膜100之间的接触压力在打印机之间是不同的,并且随着清洁薄膜100厚度的增加而升高。 And a print head cleaning film 100 between the contact pressure between the printer are different, and with the increase of the thickness of the cleaning film 100 is raised. 已经发现,在一些实施方案中,更厚的清洁薄膜100在不损坏打印头的情况下改善清洁作用。 It has been found, in some embodiments, thicker cleaning film 100 to improve the cleaning effect without damaging the print head.

在一个实施方案中,优选的光滑清洁薄膜100的厚度为约25~约500微米。 In one embodiment, the thickness is preferably smooth cleaning film 100 is from about 25 to about 500 microns. 更优选它们的厚度为50微米~250微米。 More preferred are 50 microns to a thickness of 250 microns.

在一个实施方案中,光滑清洁薄膜100的谢菲尔德平滑度为0.1~1000。 In one embodiment, a Sheffield smoothness of smooth cleaning film 100 is 0.1 to 1000. 更优选它们的平滑度在0.1~50之间。 More preferably, they smoothness between 0.1 and 50.

图3描绘了多层打印头清洁薄膜150。 3 depicts a multi-layer print head cleaning film 150. 该打印头清洁薄膜150包含挠性载体151在,挠性载体151的任一面上安置有涂层152和154。 The print head cleaning film 150 includes flexible support 151 with a coating 152 and 154, any one side of the flexible carrier 151 is disposed. 这种结构可以通过例如,挤出塑料薄膜151,然后在塑料薄膜151的两面上沉积涂层152和154而制备。 Such structures may, for example, extruded plastic films 151, 152 and 154 and then depositing a coating on both sides of the plastic film 151 is prepared by.

合适的挠性载体151可以例如,包含以下的薄膜:塑料如聚(对苯二甲酸乙二醇酯)、其它聚酯、聚乙烯、聚丙烯、聚烯烃类、玻璃纸、聚碳酸酯、乙酸纤维素、聚乙烯、聚氯乙烯、聚苯乙烯、尼龙、聚酰亚胺、聚偏二氯乙烯、聚乙烯醇、氟树脂、氯化树脂、离子交联聚合物;纸(如电容器纸和蜡纸);非织造织物;以及这些材料的层压制品。 Suitable flexible support 151 can, for example, a thin film comprising: a plastic such as poly (ethylene terephthalate), other polyesters, polyethylene, polypropylene, polyolefins, cellophane, polycarbonate, cellulose acetate Su, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, nylon, polyimide, polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, fluororesin, chlorinated resin, ionomer; paper (such as capacitor paper and waxed ); nonwoven fabric; and laminates of these materials. 薄膜151的厚度146优选为约25~约500微米。 The thickness of the thin film 146 is preferably from about 151 25 to about 500 microns.

再参考图3,多层打印头清洁薄膜还包含安置在面149上的光滑的、非研磨性清洁层152。 Referring again to FIG. 3, the multilayer film further comprising cleaning the print head disposed a smooth, non-abrasive cleaning layer 152 on surface 149. 非研磨性清洁层152优选包含软粒子153,一些软粒子153松散地结合于清洁层152的表面上。 Non-abrasive cleaning layer 152 preferably comprises a soft particles 153, some of the soft particles 153 are loosely bound to the surface of the cleaning layer 152. 在所述载体151的另一面147上的是第二清洁层154。 On the other side 147 of the carrier 151 is a second cleaning layer 154. 清洁层154还优选包含软粒子155,这些软粒子有一些松散地结合于清洁层154的表面上。 Cleaning layer 154 also preferably comprises a soft particles 155, these soft particles 154 on the surface of some loosely bound to the cleaning layer. 在一个实施方案中,软粒子153和155在平均粒子大小或组成上彼此不同;但是优选它们都在对软粒子103所述的性能范围内。 In one embodiment, the soft particles 153 and 155 different from each other in the average particle size or composition; however, they are preferably within the range of properties of the soft particles 103. 另外,优选清洁层152的平滑度与清洁层154的平滑度不同。 Further, the smoothness of the cleaning layer is preferably 152 to 154 and the smoothness of the cleaning layer is different.

优选层152和154每个的厚度(分别是144和143)为约1~约100微米,更优选为约5~约25微米。 The thickness of each layer is preferably 152 and 154 (144 and 143, respectively) is about 1 to about 100 microns, more preferably from about 5 to about 25 microns. 厚度144和143可以相同,或者它们可以不同。 144 and 143 may be the same thickness or they may be different.

图4示意性地表示了常规的″现有技术″打印头清洁卡200。 FIG 4 schematically shows a conventional "prior art" head cleaning card 200. 该清洁卡200包含挠性基材151(在该说明书中另外的地方描述的)。 The cleaning card 200 includes a flexible substrate 151 (in this specification further elsewhere herein). 在所述挠性基材151至少一个表面上涂布研磨剂层202。 In the flexible substrate 151 is coated on at least one surface of the abrasive layer 202. 该研磨剂层包含锚定在层202中的硬粒子203。 The abrasive layer comprises an anchoring layer 202 in the hard particles 203. 硬粒子203可以包含氧化铝、压碎的氧化铝、煅烧的氧化铝和碳化硅、二氧化硅、金刚石、石榴子石和其它类似的无机、矿物或金属粒子。 Hard particles 203 may comprise alumina, crushed alumina, calcined alumina and silicon carbide, silicon dioxide, diamond, garnet, and other similar inorganic, mineral or metallic particles. 这些粒子通常具有大于约800的努氏硬度。 These particles are generally greater than about 800 Knoop hardness. 在一个实施方案中,卡的反面没有涂布或者涂布有与第一面相同的研磨剂层。 In one embodiment, the card back or not coated with a coating identical to the first surface of the abrasive layer.

参考图4可见,表面47包含多个硬粒子203并且通常具有大于约80的谢菲尔德平滑度。 Referring to Figure 4 can be seen, the surface 47 comprises a plurality of hard particles 203 and typically greater than about 80 Sheffield smoothness. 一些更加侵蚀性的清洁卡在表面47上的谢菲尔德平滑度通常至少约100。 Some of the more aggressive cleaning card on a Sheffield smoothness of surface 47 is typically at least about 100.

再参考图4,可见研磨剂层202还包含粘合剂。 Referring again to FIG. 4, showing an abrasive layer 202 further comprises a binder. 该粘合剂提供与挠性基材151的高附着力。 The adhesive provides high adhesion to the flexible substrate 151. 另外。 In addition. 粘合剂必须牢固地粘合硬粒子203,使得当拉动清洁卡通过打印头时,这些粒子能够刮擦打印头表面和任何相关的污染物,而不容易脱落。 Adhesive must be firmly bonded hard particles 203, such that when pulled by the print head cleaning card, these particles can be scraped surface of the printhead and any associated contaminants, not easily come off.

图5描绘了热转印带250的横截面图,热转印带250是本说明书中另有描述的热敏介质的一个实施方案。 5 depicts a cross-sectional view of the thermal transfer ribbon 250, the thermal transfer tape 250 is a heat-sensitive medium of the present embodiment as otherwise described in the specification. 在所述实施方案中,带250包含挠性基材251,挠性基材251在背面具有耐热背涂层252并且在正面248具有成像油墨层253。 In the embodiment, the tape 250 comprises a flexible substrate 251, flexible substrate 251 having a heat-resistant back coat 252 and the back surface of the imaging ink layer 253 having front surface 248. 背涂层252被设计成与打印头54直接接触并且促进带流畅运输通过打印头。 Backcoat layer 252 is designed to directly contact with the print head 54 with a smoother and facilitate transport through the printhead. 由此,即使在非常高的温度下,背涂层252也应当防止挠性基材粘在打印头上。 Thus, even at very high temperatures, a back coating layer 252 prevents the flexible substrate should also be stuck to the printhead. 背涂层252还应当控制挠性基材通过打印头时的摩擦。 It also controls the back coat 252 by friction when the flexible substrate of the printhead. 为了使带250的起皱最小化,该摩擦作用应当不随温度有明显变化,因为根据打印的图像,打印头各元件的温度分布很宽。 In order to minimize creping belt 250, the friction should not vary significantly with temperature, because the image, the temperature of each print head element to print a wide distribution.

带基材251可以是任何典型地用于热转印带的基材,例如,美国专利5,776,280中描述的基材;该专利全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Tape substrate 251 may be any substrate typically used in thermal transfer tape, e.g., U.S. Patent No. 5,776,280 described a substrate; the entire disclosure of this patent is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference.

在一个实施方案中,挠性基材251是包含平滑的、薄纸型纸的材料,例如,30-40规格电容器薄纸。 In one embodiment, the flexible substrate 251 is a smooth, tissue-type paper material comprising, e.g., 30-40 specifications capacitor tissue. 在另一实施方案中,挠性基材251是基本上由合成聚合物材料组成的材料,如厚度为约1.5~约15微米的聚(对苯二甲酸乙二醇酯)聚酯,其优选是双轴定向的。 In another embodiment, the material 251 is a substantially flexible synthetic polymeric substrate material, such as a thickness of from about 1.5 to about 15 microns poly (ethylene terephthalate) polyester, which is preferably It is biaxially oriented. 因此,作为举例说明而非限制,可以使用Toray Plastics of America(50 Belvere Avenue,North Kingstown,Rhode Island)以产品目录号F53供应的聚酯薄膜。 Thus, by way of illustration and not limitation, may be used a polyester film Toray Plastics of America (50 Belvere Avenue, North Kingstown, Rhode Island) to supply catalog number F53.

作为进一步举例说明,挠性基材251可以是任何一种美国专利5,665,472中公开的基材薄膜,该专利全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 By way of further illustration, the flexible substrate 251 may be any kind of base film disclosed in U.S. Patent No. 5,665,472, the entire disclosure of this patent is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference. 因此,例如可以使用以下的薄膜:塑料如聚酯、聚丙烯、玻璃纸、聚碳酸酯、乙酸纤维素、聚乙烯、聚氯乙烯、聚苯乙烯、尼龙、聚酰亚胺、聚偏二氯乙烯、聚乙烯醇、氟树脂、氯化树脂、离子交联聚合物,纸如电容器纸和蜡纸,非织造织物,以及这些材料的层压制品。 Thus, for example, the following films: a plastic such as polyester, polypropylene, cellophane, polycarbonate, cellulose acetate, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, nylon, polyimide, polyvinylidene chloride , polyvinyl alcohol, fluororesin, chlorinated resin, ionomer, paper such as capacitor paper and waxed paper, nonwoven fabric, and laminates of these materials.

再参考图5以及其中描述的优选实施方案,粘附于带基材251背表面249的是背涂层252,其作用类似于美国专利5,665,472的第2-3栏中描述的″背面层″。 5 and described in the preferred embodiments wherein Referring again to FIG, 251 adhered to the back surface of the tape substrate 249 is a back coating layer 252, which is similar to U.S. Patent No. role "back layer" 5,665,472 first described in column 2-3.

形成热转印带的背涂层252和其它层可以用常规的涂布方式涂覆。 Forming a back coating layer of a thermal transfer ribbon 252 and other layers may be coated with a conventional coating method. 因此,作为举例说明而非限制,可以使用美国专利6,071,585(喷涂、辊涂、照相凹版或用舐涂辊、气刀、刮刀如迈耶杆涂覆);5,981,058(迈耶杆涂布);5,997,227;5,965,244;5,891,294;5,716,717;5,672,428;5,573,693;4,304,700等中描述的一种或多种涂布方法。 Thus, by way of illustration and not limitation, U.S. Patent No. 6,071,585 may be used (spray coating, roll coating, gravure coating, or by lick roller, air knife, blade coating, such as Mayer rod); 5,981,058 (Mayer rod coating); 5,997,227 ; 5,965,244; 4,304,700, one or more coating methods and the like described; 5,891,294; 5,716,717; 5,672,428; 5,573,693. 这些美国专利每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of each U.S. Patent herein incorporated by reference into this specification.

因此,例如,可以用以下方法形成背涂层252:用合适的溶剂溶解或分散在含有添加剂的粘合剂树脂中以制备涂布溶液,这样的添加剂如滑爽剂、表面活性剂、无机粒子、有机粒子等。 Thus, for example, a back coating layer 252 may be formed by the following method: dissolving a suitable solvent or dispersed in a binder resin containing additives to prepare a coating solution, such additives, such as slip agents, surfactants, inorganic particles and organic particles. 然后可以用常规的涂布装置(如凹板式涂布器或绕线棒)进行涂布溶液的涂布,此后可以干燥涂层。 Then the coating solution may be coated with a conventional coating apparatus (such as a gravure coater or wire bar), thereafter drying the coating.

可用于背涂层的粘合剂树脂包括,例如,纤维素树脂如乙基纤维素、羟乙基纤维素、羟丙基纤维素、甲基纤维素、乙酸纤维素、丁酸乙酸纤维和硝化纤维素。 The binder resin may be used for the back coat layer include, for example, cellulosic resins such as ethyl cellulose, hydroxyethyl cellulose, hydroxypropyl cellulose, methyl cellulose, cellulose acetate, cellulose acetate butyrate and nitrification cellulose. 还可以使用乙烯基树脂如聚乙烯醇、聚乙酸乙烯酯、聚乙烯醇缩丁醛、聚乙烯醇缩乙醛和聚乙烯吡咯烷酮。 You can also use a vinyl resin such as polyvinyl alcohol, polyvinyl acetate, polyvinyl butyral, polyvinyl acetal, and polyvinyl pyrrolidone. 还可以使用丙烯酸类树脂如聚丙烯酰胺、聚丙烯腈-共-苯乙烯、聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯等。 It may also be used acrylic resins such as polyacrylamide, polyacrylonitrile - co - styrene, polymethyl methacrylate and the like. 还可以使用聚酯树脂,硅氧烷-改性的或氟-改性的聚氨酯树脂等。 It may also be used a polyester resin, silicone - modified or fluorine - modified urethane resin and the like.

在一个实施方案中,粘合剂包括交联的树脂。 In one embodiment, the binder comprises a crosslinked resin. 在这种情况下,将具有几个活性基团例如羟基的树脂与交联剂如聚异氰酸酯一起使用。 In this case, having several reactive groups, for example, a resin with a crosslinking agent such as a hydroxyl group with a polyisocyanate used.

在一个实施方案中,制备背涂层252并且以0.05g/m2的涂布量涂覆。 In one embodiment, the back coat layer prepared in a coating amount of 252 and 0.05g / m2 coating. 该背涂层优选是New Jersey的Advanced Polymer Company销售的聚二甲基硅氧烷-氨基甲酸酯共聚物,ASP-2200@。 The back coat layer is preferably Advanced Polymer Company of New Jersey sales polydimethylsiloxane - urethane copolymer, ASP-2200 @.

背涂层252的涂布量可以为约0.01~约2g/m2,在一个实施方案中优选为约0.02~约0.4g/m2,在另一实施方案中优选为约0.5~约1.5g/m2。 The coating amount of the backcoat layer 252 may be from about 0.01 to about 2g / m2, preferably in one embodiment from about 0.02 to about 0.4g / m2, in another embodiment is preferably from about 0.5 to about 1.5g / m2 .

再参考图5以及其中描述的实施方案,在带基材251的正面248粘附成像油墨层253。 Referring again to FIG 5 and wherein the embodiments described, the front substrate 251 with adhesive 248 of the imaging ink layer 253. 成像油墨层优选包含一种或多种成像着色剂和一种或多种粘合剂材料。 The imaging ink layer preferably comprises one or more imaging colorants, and one or more binder materials. 成像油墨层253必须能够通过来自数字打印机热打印头的作用从热转印带250转移到接收片。 The imaging ink layer 253 must be able to be transferred to belt 250 by the action of the thermal transfer-receiving sheet from the digital printer from a thermal head. 该作用是在打印头上需要转印图像层的特定点处选择性的热量产生。 This effect is required in the print head at a particular point selective heat generation layer transfer image. 这种热量产生使成像油墨层253在直接在打印头加热成像元件下方的区域软化或者熔化。 This heat generation causes the imaging ink layer 253 softens or melts in the area of ​​the heating elements directly below the imaging printhead. 一旦成像油墨层253的这些区域软化或者熔化,它们可以润湿和粘附于它们直接接触的接收片。 Once the imaging ink layer 253 softens or melts in these regions, they can wet and adhere to the receiving sheet in direct contact thereof. 该加热步骤后,带250和相关的接收片变址远离打印头,并且带250从接收片分开。 After the heating step, and 250 associated with the receiving sheet away from indexing the printhead and the tape 250 is separated from the receiver sheet. 通过打印头作用而熔化或熔化的成像层油墨253在将带250分离后留在接收片上。 Melted or melted by the action of the print head 253 forming an ink layer with 250 after the separation sheet left on the reception. 通过打印头作用而没有熔化或熔化的成像层油墨253将留在带250上。 Without melting or melted by the action of the print head forming an ink layer 253 will remain on the belt 250.

再参考图5,成像油墨层253优选包含能够使层形成反差的着色剂,使得可以通过人眼或者其它检测装置如扫描仪、CCD、光电池、光电倍增管等容易地检测打印区和未打印区之间的转变。 Referring again to FIG. 5, the imaging ink layer 253 preferably comprises enabling the toner layer formed contrast, it makes it possible by the human eye or other detecting means easily detect print zone and non-printing area such as a scanner, CCD, photocells, photomultipliers between changes. 优选成像层着色剂提供的反差位于电磁谱的可见区。 Contrast imaging layer is preferably provided by a colorant in the visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum. 但是,还可以在红外或紫外区。 However, it is also possible in the infrared or ultraviolet region. 成像层着色剂提供的反差可以是用于照亮图像的电磁辐射的吸收、反射或荧光的结果。 Contrast imaging layer colorants may be provided for absorbing electromagnetic radiation to illuminate an image, reflection or fluorescence results. 合适的成像层着色剂可以是染料、有机颜料、无机颜料、金属、荧光剂、不透明化剂等。 Suitable imaging layer colorants may be dyes, organic pigments, inorganic pigments, metals, fluorescent agents, opacifying agents and the like.

优选的成像层着色剂是碳黑颜料。 Preferred imaging layer is a carbon black pigment colorant.

优选的不透明化剂在成像油墨层253中不溶,并且折射率与成像油墨层其余组分的差异至少为0.1。 Preferred opacifying agents in the imaging ink layer 253 is insoluble, and the difference in refractive index with the remaining components of the imaging ink layer is at least 0.1.

在优选的实施方案中,成像油墨层包含约0.1%~约75%成像着色剂。 In a preferred embodiment, the imaging ink layer comprises from about 0.1% to about 75% of a colorant image.

再参考图5,成像油墨层253还包含一种或多种粘合剂材料,其基于层253中玻璃料和粘合剂干重的浓度为约0%~约75%。 Referring again to FIG. 5, the imaging ink layer 253 further comprises one or more binder materials, in which the glass layer 253 and a binder based on dry weight concentration of about 0% to about 75%. 在一个实施方案中,粘合剂的浓度为约15%~约35%。 In one embodiment, the concentration of binder is from about 15% to about 35%. 在另一实施方案中,层253包含约15~约75重量百分比的粘合剂。 In another embodiment, layer 253 comprises from about 15 to about 75 weight percent of a binder.

可以使用任何一种本领域技术人员已知的热转印粘合剂。 It may be used any of those known in the art a heat transfer adhesive. 因而,例如可以使用在美国专利6,127,316;6,124,239;6,114,088;6,113,725;6,083,610;6,031,556;6,031,021;6,013,409;6,008,157;5,985,076等中公开的一种或多种热转印粘合剂。 Thus, for example, in U.S. Patent 6,127,316; 6,124,239; 6,114,088; 6,113,725; 6,083,610; 6,031,556; 6,031,021; 6,013,409; 6,008,157; ​​5,985,076 and the like, one or more thermal adhesive disclosed. 这些美国专利每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of each U.S. Patent herein incorporated by reference into this specification.

作为进一步举例说明,可以使用软化点优选为约45~约150℃并且具有多个极性部分的粘合剂,所述极性部分例如,羧基、羟基、氯化物基团、羧酸基、氨基甲酸酯基、酰胺基、胺基、脲、环氧树脂等。 By way of further illustration, can be used preferably a softening point of from about 45 to about 150 deg.] C and having a plurality of pressure-sensitive adhesive of the polar moiety, e.g. a polar moiety, a carboxyl group, a hydroxyl group, a chloride group, a carboxylic acid group, an amino group carboxylate groups, amide groups, amine groups, urea, epoxy resins and the like. 这类粘合剂中一些合适的粘合剂包括聚酯树脂、双酚-A聚酯、聚氯乙烯、对苯二甲酸的共聚物、聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯、氯乙烯/乙酸乙烯酯树脂、环氧树脂、尼龙树脂、氨基甲酸酯-甲醛树脂、聚氨酯、它们的混合物等。 Some suitable adhesive such binders include a polyester resin, a bisphenol -A polyester, polyvinyl chloride, copolymers of terephthalic acid, polymethyl methacrylate, vinyl chloride / vinyl acetate resin , epoxy resins, nylon resins, urethane - formaldehyde resins, polyurethanes, mixtures thereof and the like.

在一个实施方案中,使用两种合成树脂的混合物。 In one embodiment, a mixture of two synthetic resins. 因而,例如可以使用包含约40~约60重量百分比的聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯和约40~约60重量百分比的氯乙烯/乙酸乙烯酯树脂的混合物。 Polymethyl methacrylate and from about 40 to about 60 wt. Thus, for example, containing from about 40 percent to about 60 percent by weight vinyl chloride / vinyl acetate resin mixture. 在该实施方案中,这些材料共同包含粘合剂。 In this embodiment, these materials together comprises a binder.

在一个实施方案中,粘合剂包含聚甲基丙烯酸丁酯和聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯,其包含10%~30%的聚甲基丙烯酸丁酯和50%~80%的聚丙烯酸甲酯。 In one embodiment, the binder comprises polybutyl methacrylate and polymethyl methacrylate, which comprises 10% to 30% of poly butyl methacrylate and 50% to 80% of polymethyl acrylate. 在一个实施方案中,该粘合剂还包含丙酸乙酸纤维素,乙酸亚乙基乙烯酯,氯乙烯/乙酸乙烯酯,聚氨酯等。 In one embodiment, the adhesive further comprises a cellulose propionate, cellulose acetate, ethylene vinyl acetate, vinyl chloride / vinyl acetate, and polyurethane.

可以从许多不同的商业来源中获取这些粘合剂。 These adhesives can be obtained from many different commercial sources. 因而,例如它们中的一些可以购自Dianal America(9675 Bayport Blvd.,Pasadena,Texas 77507);该来源的合适的粘合剂包括″Dianal BR 113″和″Dianal BR 106″。 Thus, for example, some of them may be purchased from Dianal America (9675 Bayport Blvd., Pasadena, Texas 77507); the sources of suitable binders include "Dianal BR 113" and "Dianal BR 106". 类似地,还可以从Eastman Chemicals Company(Tennessee Eastman Division,Box511,Kingsport,Tennessee)获得合适的粘合剂。 Similarly, suitable binders may also be obtained from the Eastman Chemicals Company (Tennessee Eastman Division, Box511, Kingsport, Tennessee).

再参考图5,除了成像着色剂和粘合剂外,层253可以任选包含约0~约99重量的蜡,并且优选5%~约75%的蜡。 Referring again to Figure 5, in addition to the image forming colorant and a binder, layer 253 may optionally comprise from about 0 to about 99 weight of wax, and preferably from 5% to about 75% of a wax. 在一个实施方案中,层253包含约5~约10重量百分比的蜡。 In one embodiment, layer 253 comprises about 5 to about 10 weight percent wax. 可以使用的合适的蜡包括巴西棕榈蜡、米蜡、蜂蜡、小烛树腊、褐煤蜡、石蜡、微晶蜡、合成蜡如氧化蜡、酯蜡、低分子量聚乙烯蜡、费托合成蜡等。 Suitable waxes may be used include carnauba wax, rice wax, beeswax, candelilla wax, montan wax, paraffin wax, microcrystalline wax, synthetic waxes such as oxidized wax, ester wax, low molecular weight polyethylene wax, Fischer-Tropsch wax . 这些和其它蜡是本领域技术人员熟知的,并且描述于例如美国专利5,776,280中。 These and other waxes are well known to the skilled person and are described, for example, in U.S. Patent No. 5,776,280. 还可以使用乙氧化高分子量醇,长链高分子量直链醇,α烯烃和马来酸酐的共聚物,聚乙烯,聚丙烯。 You can also use ethoxylated high molecular weight alcohols, long chain high molecular weight linear alcohols, copolymers of α-olefin and maleic anhydride, polyethylene, polypropylene.

这些和其它合适的蜡可商购自例如the BakerHughes Baker PetroliteCompany(12645West AirportBlvd.,Sugarland,Texas)。 These and other suitable waxes are commercially available from, for example, the BakerHughes Baker PetroliteCompany (12645West AirportBlvd., Sugarland, Texas).

在一个优选的实施方案中,使用巴西棕榈蜡作为蜡。 In a preferred embodiment, the use of carnauba wax as wax. 如本领域技术人员已知的,巴西棕榈蜡是坚硬的高熔点有光泽的蜡,主要由棕榈酸二十六烷酯组成;例如参见George S.Brady等的″Material′s Handbook″,ThirteenthEdition(McGraw-Hill Inc.,New York,New York,1991)151-152页。 As known to the skilled person, carnauba wax is a hard high-melting lustrous wax, mainly composed of palmitic acid cetyl ester; see, for example George S.Brady like "Material's Handbook", ThirteenthEdition ( McGraw-Hill Inc., New York, New York, 1991) 151-152 pages. 还可以参考例如美国专利6,024,950;5,891,476;5,665,462;5,569,347;5,536,627;5,389,129;4,873,078;4,536,218;4,497,851;4,4610,490等。 Reference may also be, for example, U.S. Patent No. 6,024,950; 5,891,476; 5,665,462; 5,569,347; 5,536,627; 5,389,129; 4,873,078; 4,536,218; 4,497,851; 4,4610,490 like. 这些美国专利每个的全部公开内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of each U.S. Patent herein incorporated by reference into this specification.

层253还可以包含约0~16重量百分比的适于增塑所用树脂的增塑剂。 Adapted plasticized layer 253 may further comprise from about 0 to 16 weight percent of the resin with the plasticizer. 本领域技术人员知道,增塑剂适合软化任何具体的树脂。 Those skilled in the art know, a plasticizer for softening any particular resin. 在一个实施方案中,使用约1~约15重量百分比干重的增塑剂。 In one embodiment, about 1 to about 15 weight percent of the dry weight of the plasticizer. 因而,作为举例说明而非限制,可以使用美国专利5,776,280中公开的一种或多种增塑剂,包括例如己二酸酯类、邻苯二甲酸酯类、氯化双酚类、柠檬酸酯类、环氧化物类、甘油类、乙二醇、烃类、氯代烃类、磷酸酯(盐)、邻苯二甲酸酯类例如邻苯二甲酸二-2-乙基己酯、邻苯二甲酸酯类、聚乙二醇类、柠檬酸酯类、环氧化物、己二酸酯类等。 Thus, by way of illustration and not limitation, may use one or more plasticizers are disclosed in U.S. Patent 5,776,280, including for example, adipic acid esters, phthalic acid esters, chlorinated bisphenols, citrate type, epoxides, glycerols, glycol, hydrocarbons, chlorinated hydrocarbons, phosphates (salts), phthalic acid esters such as di-2-ethylhexyl phthalate, dimethyl esters, polyethylene glycols, esters of citric acid, epoxides, adipic acid esters and the like.

在一个实施方案中,层253包含约6~约12重量百分比的增塑剂,其在一个实施方案中是邻苯二甲酸二辛酯。 In one embodiment, layer 253 comprises from about 6 to about 12 weight percent of plasticizer is dioctyl phthalate in one embodiment. 这种增塑剂的使用是公知的,并且描述于例如美国专利6,121,356;6,117,572;6,086,700;6,060,234;6,051,171;6,051,097;6,045,646等中。 Use of such a plasticizer are well known and are described, for example, in U.S. Patent No. 6,121,356; 6,117,572; 6,086,700; 6,060,234; 6,051,171; 6,051,097; 6,045,646 and the like. 这些美国专利申请每个的全部公开内容都在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 The entire disclosure of U.S. patent applications are each hereby incorporated by reference into this specification. 合适的增塑剂可获自例如Eastman Chemical Company。 Suitable plasticizers are available for example from Eastman Chemical Company.

图6是表示热转印带复合材料300的横截面图。 FIG 6 is a cross-sectional view showing a thermal transfer ribbon composite 300. 热转印带复合材料300包含芯305,在其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 300 comprising a core 305, a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303 wound thereon. 将热转印带255的背涂面250缠绕在带卷303的外面。 The back coating surface 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the coil 303. 在带255的开端附有打印头清洁引带100。 At the beginning of the tape 255 with the print head cleaning leader tape 100. 优选将该引带100用电线绝缘包布301附在带255上。 The pulley 100 is preferably insulated wire cloth 301 is attached to belt 255. 打印头清洁引带100的清洁面108与热转印带255的背涂层面250相同。 Cleaning the printhead cleaning surface 100 of the pulley 108 and the back coat side 255 of the same thermal transfer ribbon 250. 将热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的里面。 The thermal transfer imaging plane belt 255 is wound on the inside of the roll 303. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,相反的缠绕构造也是通常采用的。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that the opposite winding configuration is also commonly used. 在这种构造中,将带255的图像面缠绕在卷303的外面而将背涂层面250和引带的清洁面108定位在卷303的里面。 In this configuration, the image surface of the tape 255 is wound on the outside of the roll 303 and the back surface coating layer 250 and the cleaning surface 108 is positioned inside the volume of the pulley 303.

图7是表示热转印带复合材料350的横截面图。 FIG 7 is a cross-sectional view showing a thermal transfer ribbon composite 350. 热转印带复合材料350包含芯305,在其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 350 comprising a core 305, a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303 wound thereon. 将热转印带255的背涂层面250缠绕在带卷303的外面。 The back coat side 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the coil 303. 在带255末端附有打印头清洁尾部110。 End of the belt 255 with the tail 110 printhead cleaning. 还优选将该尾部110用电线绝缘包布附于所述芯305上。 The tail portion 110 is also preferably insulated wire cloth 305 is attached to the core. 打印头清洁尾部110的清洁面108与热转印带255的背涂层面250一致并且在与背涂层面250相同侧。 Head cleaning the cleaning surface 108 of the tail 110 with a thermal transfer ribbon coated back surface 255 and 250 on the same side consistent with a back surface coating layer 250. 将热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的外面。 The thermal transfer imaging plane belt 255 is wound on the outside of the roll 303.

图8是表示热转印带复合材料400的横截面图。 FIG 8 is a cross-sectional view showing a thermal transfer ribbon composite 400. 热转印带复合材料400包含芯305,在其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 400 comprising a core 305, a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303 wound thereon. 将热转印带255的背涂层面250缠绕在带卷303的里面。 The back coat side 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the inside of the coil 303. 在带255的开端附上三个打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120。 In the beginning of the belt 255 attach printhead cleaning three guide portions 100, 112 and 120. 所述的引导部分100、112和120优选用电线绝缘包布301附于带255上。 The guide portion 100, 112 and 120 are preferably insulated wire cloth 301 is attached to the belt 255. 打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120的清洁面108在热转印带255的背涂层面250的相同侧。 The same side of the head cleaning portion 250 of the cleaning surface 100, 112, 108 and 120 of the back surface coating layer 255 of the thermal transfer tape guide. 热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的外面。 Imaging plane thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the roll 303.

图9是表示热转印清洁带复合材料450的横截面图。 9 is a cross-sectional view 450 of a thermal transfer cleaning ribbon composite. 热转印清洁带复合材料450包含芯305,其上缠绕有热转印清洁卷401。 The thermal transfer cleaning ribbon composite 450 comprises a core 305, which is wound on the roll 401 a cleaning thermal transfer. 热转印清洁带100的清洁面108缠绕在带卷401的外面。 Thermal cleaning surface 108 of the cleaning belt 100 wound around the outside of the coil 401. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,相反的缠绕构造也是通常采用的。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that the opposite winding configuration is also commonly used. 在这种构造中,将带100的清洁面108缠绕在卷401的里面。 In this configuration, the cleaning surface 100 of the belt 108 is wound on the inside of the roll 401.

图10示意性地表示了直接热成像介质复合材料500。 10 schematically represents a direct thermal imaging medium material composite 500. 直接热成像复合材料500包含芯305,其上缠绕有直接热介质卷501。 Direct thermal imaging composite material 500 comprises a core 305, which is wound on roll 501 has a direct thermal medium. 直接热介质503的热敏成像面502缠绕在卷501的外面。 Direct thermal imaging surface 502 of the heat medium outside the coil 503 is wound 501. 介质503的开端附有打印头清洁引带100。 Medium 503 beginning with pulley 100 printhead cleaning. 该引带100优选用电线绝缘包布301附于所述的介质503上。 The lead wire insulating tape 100 is preferably attached to the cloth 301 to the medium 503. 打印头清洁引带100的清洁面108与直接热介质503的成像面502一致并且在相同侧。 Cleaning the printhead cleaning surface 108 of the pulley 100 direct thermal imaging medium surface 502, and 503 consistent with the same side. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,相反的缠绕构造也是通常采用的。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that the opposite winding configuration is also commonly used. 在这种构造中,介质503的成像面502沿着引带100的清洁面108缠绕在卷501的里面。 In this configuration, the medium 503 along the imaging surface 502 of the pulley 108 is wound cleaning surface 100 on the inside of the roll 501.

本申请的具有直接热介质的清洁薄膜100的用途也在本发明的范围内。 Use cleaning film having a direct thermal medium 100 of the present application are within the scope of the invention. 这种直接热介质描述于例如美国专利4,287,264;4,289,535;4,675,705;5,416,058;5,537,140;5,547,914;5,582,953;5,587,350;6,090,747中。 Such direct thermal medium, for example, described in U.S. Patent No. 4,287,264; 4,289,535; 4,675,705; 5,416,058; 5,537,140; 5,547,914; 5,582,953; 5,587,350; 6,090,747 in. 这些专利每个的全部内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Entire contents of each of these patents is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference. 本申请的具有染料升华介质的清洁薄膜100也在本发明的范围内。 Cleaning film having a range of dye sublimation medium 100 of the present application are within the present invention.

这种染料升华带也称作热染料转移带,这种带描述于例如美国专利6,619,869;6,362,131;6,195,111;6,031,021;6,010,259;5,917,530和5,672,561中。 This band is also referred to as dye-sublimation thermal dye transfer belt, such a belt is described in, for example, U.S. Patent No. 6,619,869; 6,362,131; 6,195,111; 6,031,021; 6,010,259; 5,917,530 and 5,672,561 in. 这些专利每个的全部内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Entire contents of each of these patents is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference.

图11是表示热转印带复合材料450的横截面图。 FIG 11 is a cross-sectional view showing a thermal transfer ribbon composite 450. 热转印带复合材料450包含芯305,其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 450 comprises a core 305, which is wound on a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303. 将热转印带255的背涂层面250缠绕在带卷303的外面。 The back coat side 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the coil 303. 带255的末端附有打印头清洁尾部110。 End of the belt 255 with the tail 110 printhead cleaning. 该尾部110也优选用电线绝缘包布附于所述的芯305上。 The tail portion 110 is also preferably insulated wire cloth is attached to the core 305. 打印头清洁尾部110的清洁面108与热转印带255的背涂层面250一致并且在相同侧。 Head cleaning the cleaning surface 108 of the tail 110 with a thermal transfer ribbon coated back surface 255 and 250 of the same side of the same. 热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的外面。 Imaging plane thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the roll 303. 将压板辊清洁粘合剂320涂布在所述打印头清洁尾部110的背面上。 The platen roller cleaning adhesive 320 is coated on the rear surface of said print head cleaning 110 of the tail. 打印头清洁尾部110的粘合剂面320与热转印带255的成像面257一致并且在相同侧。 Adhesive surface of the head 110 to clean the tail 320 of the imaging plane 255 of the thermal transfer ribbon 257 and the same side of the same.

图11中,描述的实施方案包含压板辊清洁粘合剂320,压板辊清洁粘合剂320涂布在所述打印头清洁尾部110的背面,与含有上述粒子的表面108相反。 11, the embodiment described comprises a platen roller cleaning adhesive 320, the platen roller cleaning adhesive 320 is coated on the back surface of the print head cleaning tail 110, opposite to the surface containing the particles 108. 该粘合剂优选具有低但是足够的粘性以从与其接触的表面上除去粒子和其它碎屑,而防止粘合剂在接触时转移到这种表面上。 The adhesive preferably has a low but sufficient tack to remove particles and other debris from the surface in contact therewith, to prevent transfer of adhesive onto such surfaces upon contact. 粘合剂如PostltRTM(3M,Saint Paul,MN),Lamatek 2050RBA(Lamatek,EdgewaterPark,NJ),RadBond 12PSELV(RadCure),ValPak PS 149(ValPak,Federalsburg,MD)或类似物适用于该用途。 Binders such as PostltRTM (3M, Saint Paul, MN), Lamatek 2050RBA (Lamatek, EdgewaterPark, NJ), RadBond 12PSELV (RadCure), ValPak PS 149 (ValPak, Federalsburg, MD) or the like is suitable for this purpose.

优选低粘性或可重新定位的或可移动的压敏粘合剂322类似PostltRTM粘合剂(可获自3M,Saint Paul MN),使得其具有足够的粘性和剪切强度以从印辊或压板灰尘和碎屑,与薄膜151具有足够的附着力,使得在清洁操作过程中没有粘合剂转移到薄膜151的清洁面或者印辊或压板上。 Preferably a low tack or repositionable or removable pressure sensitive adhesive 322 similar PostltRTM adhesive (available from 3M, Saint Paul MN), which is such that from the printing roller or platen having sufficient tack and shear strength dirt and debris, the thin film 151 has a sufficient adhesion, so that no adhesive transferred to the cleaning surface or the film 151 or the printing platen roller during the cleaning operation. 这种粘合剂的实例描述于美国专利3,691,140;3,857,731;3,924,043;4,166,152;4,495,318;4,598,112;4,645,783;4,656,218;4,786,696;4,988,567;4,994,322;5,045,569;5,118,750;5,648,425和5,663,241中。 Examples of such adhesives are described in U.S. Patent No. 3,691,140; 3,857,731; 3,924,043; 4,166,152; 4,495,318; 4,598,112; 4,645,783; 4,656,218; 4,786,696; 4,988,567; 4,994,322; 5,045,569; 5,118,750; 5,648,425 and 5,663,241 in. 这些专利每个的全部内容在此通过引用结合到本说明书中。 Entire contents of each of these patents is hereby incorporated into this specification by reference.

可以用任何常规的涂布方法将粘合剂320加入到薄膜的反面中,如照相凹板、反凹版、流管迈耶棒、辊衬刮刀等,选择这些方法以与熔融体或溶液粘合性能以及所需的涂层沉积量匹配。 Can be any conventional coating method of the adhesive film 320 is added to the reverse side, such as gravure, reverse gravure, Mayer rod flow tube, knife over roll, etc., such methods being chosen so as to melt or solution of the adhesive performance, and to match the required deposition amount of coating.

本发明在其一个实施方案中提供一种定期维护打印头的方法,该方法用不损伤打印头的非研磨性清洁薄膜和粘附涂布的反面以从支承辊或压板同时除去碎屑。 The present invention provides a printhead regular maintenance in one embodiment thereof, the method does not damage the print head with a non-abrasive cleaning film and adhesive coated simultaneously removed from the support opposite to the platen roller or debris. 在本发明的一个优选实施方案中,非研磨性清洁薄膜附于热介质上,以便于每次改变介质时使用。 In a preferred embodiment of the invention, the non-abrasive cleaning film is attached to the heat medium, for use, for each medium change. 当将薄膜拉动或驱动通过打印压区时,打印头和打印压板或辊同时被清洁。 When the film is pulled or driven through the print nip, the print head and the printing platen or roller to be cleaned simultaneously. 这样的定期维护有助于使可能堆积在打印头并且降低其性能的重污染最小化。 Such regular maintenance helps may accumulate in the printhead and reduce its performance heavy pollution is minimized.

非研磨性清洁薄膜是侵蚀性搭接薄膜的替代物,所述侵蚀性搭接薄膜典型地用于清洁热打印头并且其后缩短它们的使用寿命。 Non-abrasive cleaning films are an alternative to aggressive overlap film, the overlap film erosion typically used to clean thermal print heads and thereafter shorten lifetime. 尽管这些非研磨性薄膜不能完全恢复严重污染的打印头,它们的使用也不损坏打印头。 While these non-abrasive films can not be completely restored printhead polluting, their use does not damage the print head. 但是,这些清洁卡没有清洁打印压板或辊,而打印压板或辊的污染也可能使打印机性能变差,用户必须采用另外的方法来除去聚集在这些表面上的任何碎屑。 However, these cards cleaning or no cleaning printing platen roller, and the print platen or roll contamination may cause poor performance printer, the user must use other methods to remove any debris accumulated on these surfaces.

图12是表示热转印带复合材料500的横截面图。 FIG 12 is a cross-sectional view showing a thermal transfer ribbon composite 500. 热转印带复合材料500包含芯305,在其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 500 comprising a core 305, a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303 wound thereon. 热转印带255的背涂层面250缠绕在带卷303的内部。 A back surface coating layer 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound within the tape roll 303. 带255的开端附有三个打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120。 Beginning with 255 with three head cleaning 100, 112 and the guide portion 120. 所述引导部分100、112和120优选用电线绝缘包布301附于带255上。 The guide portion 100, 112 and 120 are preferably insulated wire cloth 301 is attached to the belt 255. 打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120的清洁面108与热转印带255的背涂层面250位于相同侧。 Print head cleaning 100, 112 and the guide portion 120 cleaning surface 108 of the back surface coating layer 255 and the thermal transfer ribbon 250 on the same side. 热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的外面。 Imaging plane thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the roll 303. 将压板辊清洁粘合剂322涂布在所述打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120的背面。 The back surface of the platen roller cleaning adhesive 322 is coated on the print head cleaning 100, 112 and 120 of the guide portion. 打印头清洁引导部分100、112和120的粘合剂面322与热转印带255的成像面257一致并且在相同侧。 Print head cleaning 100, 112 and guide face portion 120 binder of the thermal transfer ribbon 322 and the image plane 255 and 257 of the same side of the same. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,当打印头清洁引导部分100、112或120的反面涂覆有压板清洁粘合剂322,则可以实现从压板辊和打印头同时除去灰尘和碎屑。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that, when the head cleaning coating portion 100, 112 or the guide 120 opposite the pressure plate cleaning adhesive 322, can be achieved simultaneously remove dust and debris from the print head and the platen roller.

图13是表示热转印带复合材料550的横截面图。 13 is a cross-sectional view of a thermal transfer ribbon composite 550. 热转印带复合材料500包含芯305,在其上缠绕有热转印带卷303。 Thermal transfer ribbon composite 500 comprising a core 305, a thermal transfer ribbon roll 303 wound thereon. 热转印带255的背涂层面250缠绕在带卷303的外面。 A back surface coating layer 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the outside of the coil 303. 带255的开端附有打印头清洁引带100。 Beginning with the belt 255 pulley 100 printhead cleaning. 所述引带100优选用电线绝缘包布301附于所述的带255。 The pulley 100 is preferably an insulating wire cloth 301 is attached to the belt 255. 打印头清洁引带100的清洁面108与热转印带255的背涂层面250在相同侧。 A back surface coating printhead cleaning the cleaning surface 100 of the pulley 108 and 250 of the thermal transfer ribbon 255 on the same side. 打印头清洁引带100的粘合剂面与热转印带255的成像面253在相同侧。 Imaging plane adhesive surface of the head pulley 100 and the cleaning thermal transfer ribbon 255 on the same side of 253. 热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的里面。 Imaging plane thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the inside of the roll 303. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,相反的缠绕构造也是通常采用的。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that the opposite winding configuration is also commonly used. 在这种构造中,带255的图像面缠绕在卷303的外面,并且背涂层面250和引带的清洁面108定位于卷303的里面。 In this configuration, the image plane 255 with the outer coil 303 is wound, and the cleaning surface and the back coat side 250 of leader tape 108 is positioned inside the volume 303.

打印头清洁引带100的开端附有压板清洁引带320。 Printhead cleaning pulley 100 attached to the beginning of the platen cleaning leader tape 320. 所述压板清洁引带320优选用电线绝缘包布301附于所述打印头清洁引带100。 The platen cleaning leader tape 320 is preferably an insulating wire cloth 301 is attached to the print head cleaning leader tape 100. 压板清洁引带320的清洁面322与热转印带255的成像面257在相同侧。 Cleaning the imaging surface of the platen 320 of the pulley 322 and the cleaning surface 255 of the thermal transfer ribbon 257 on the same side. 所述压板清洁引带320的清洁面322是涂布在压板清洁引带320与热转印带255的成像面257相同侧上的粘合剂。 The platen cleaning leader tape cleaning surface 320 of cleaning the platen 322 is coated with an adhesive primer on the same side of the imaging plane 320 and the thermal transfer ribbon 255 257. 清洁粘合剂322的粘性足够低,使得其可以缠绕到热成像复合材料卷550中,并且随后在使用时展开。 Cleaning adhesive tack 322 is low enough, so that it can be wound into the roll 550 of thermal imaging composite material, and subsequently expanded in use. 热转印带255的成像面缠绕在卷303的里面。 Imaging plane thermal transfer ribbon 255 is wound on the inside of the roll 303. 对于本领域技术人员显然的是,相反的缠绕构造也是通常采用的。 Obvious to a person skilled in the art that the opposite winding configuration is also commonly used. 在这种构造中,带255的图像面缠绕在卷303的外面,并且背涂层面250和引带的清洁面108定位于卷303的里面。 In this configuration, the image plane 255 with the outer coil 303 is wound, and the cleaning surface and the back coat side 250 of leader tape 108 is positioned inside the volume 303.

实施例以下实施例是为了举例说明本发明而不认为是其限制性。 EXAMPLES The following Examples are provided to illustrate embodiments of the present invention is not to be considered limiting thereof. 除非另外规定,所有份数都是以重量计的,并且所有温度都是摄氏度。 Unless otherwise specified, all parts are by weight and all temperatures are in degrees Celsius.

实施例1使用Zebra140Xill热转印打印机(获自Zebra Technologies CorporationLLC,333 Corporate Woods Parkway,Vernon Hills,Illinois,60061),将I10热转印带(获自International Imaging Materials,Inc.,310Commerce Dr.,Amherst,NY,14228)用于在纸接收片上打印0、37和80填充系数的线。 Example 1 Zebra140Xill thermal transfer printer (available from Zebra Technologies CorporationLLC, 333 Corporate Woods Parkway, Vernon Hills, Illinois, 60061), the I10 marking tape (available from International Imaging Materials, Inc., 310Commerce Dr., Amherst , NY, 14228) for printing lines 0,37 and 80 fill factor on a paper receiving sheet. 此处使用时,术语填充系数是指激发打印头元件从而引起热转印的时间的百分比。 When used herein, the term fill factor refers to the print head elements to cause excitation percentage of time of thermal transfer.

以8英寸/秒的打印速度和17的暗度设置运行打印机。 Printing speed 8 inches / sec and darkness of the printer 17 is set to run. 打印两个完全的带,每个长300米。 Printing two full band, each 300 m long. 从打印机中取出热打印头,并且在光学显微镜下以50x的放大倍率进行检查。 Print head was removed from the printer and inspected under an optical microscope at a magnification of 50x. 打印头加热元件阵列的显微检查显示,在37和80%填充系数线打印的阵列部分,沉积黑色污染堆积物。 Microscopic examination of the print head array of heating elements of the display, the array portion 37 and a filling factor of 80% printing line deposited black pollution deposits. 在没有进行热转印打印的区域(即0%填充系数区域)观察不到这样的堆积物。 Such a deposit is not observed in the area (i.e., area fill factor of 0%) No thermal transfer printing. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

将12英寸长4英寸宽的Hop Syn DLI级Duralite合成纸的薄片,其厚度为5.9密耳并且谢菲尔德平滑度为3(购自Hop Industries Corporation,174Passaic Street,Garfield,New Jersey),置于Zebra打印机的打印压区。 Four inches to 12 inches long wide Hop Syn DLI stage Duralite synthetic paper sheet having a thickness of 5.9 mils and a Sheffield smoothness of 3 (available from Hop Industries Corporation, 174Passaic Street, Garfield, New Jersey), placed Zebra Print nip printer. 用手以约4英寸/秒的速度拉动该薄片使其完全通过打印压区。 By hand at a speed of about 4 inches / sec and completely pulls the sheet through the print nip. 从打印机中取出热打印头,用光学显微镜检查打印头加热元件阵列。 Print head was removed from the printer, the heating element array with an optical microscope to check the print head. 显微分析表明,通过合成纸清洁薄片的清洁作用,除去了堆积在打印80和37%填充系数线的打印头加热元件阵列部分上的部分污染物。 Microscopic analysis revealed that the cleaning action of the cleaning sheet of synthetic paper, removing the heated portion of the contaminants on the part of the array 80 deposited on the printing line and fill factor of 37% of the print head element. 另外,显微检查显示,打印头加热元件阵列没有因合成纸清洁薄片的作用而划伤。 In addition, microscopic examination revealed that the array of print head heating element by the action of the synthetic paper cleaning sheet without being scratched. 还观察到来自合成纸清洁薄片的小粒子沉积在打印头加热元件阵列的表面上。 Also observed that small particles from the synthetic paper cleaning sheet is deposited on the surface of the print head heating element array. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

实施例2将12英寸长4英寸宽的谢菲尔德平滑度为100的Sato打印头清洁卡薄片(获自Sato Company,″Sato Thermal Printer Cleaning Sheet″)置于Zebra打印机的打印压区;发现该清洁薄片包含微粒状的氧化铝。 Example 2 A 12-inch 4 inches wide Sheffield smoothness Sato printhead cleaning card sheet 100 (obtained from the Sato Company, "Sato Thermal Printer Cleaning Sheet") placed in the printing nip of the Zebra printer; find cleaning sheet containing alumina particulate.

用手以约4英寸/秒的速度拉动Sato清洁薄片使其完全通过打印压区。 By hand at a speed of about 4 inches / sec Sato cleaning sheet was completely pulled through the printing nip. 从打印机中取出热打印头,用光学显微镜检查打印头加热元件阵列。 Print head was removed from the printer, the heating element array with an optical microscope to check the print head. 显微分析表明,通过Sato清洁卡的清洁作用,除去了堆积在打印80和37%填充系数线的打印头加热元件阵列部分上的大部分污染物。 Microscopic analysis revealed that the cleaning action of the Sato cleaning card removed most of the contaminants deposited on the portion of the printing array 80 and 37 percent duty cycle lines of print head heating element. 另外,显微检查显示,打印头加热元件阵列因Sato清洁卡的作用而严重划伤。 In addition, microscopic examination revealed that the array of print head elements is heated by the action of the Sato cleaning card severely scratched. 还观察到没有来自Sato清洁卡的小粒子沉积在打印头加热元件阵列的表面上。 Also observed that no small particles from the Sato cleaning card is deposited on the surface of the heating element array of the print head. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

实施例3以与实施例1所述的程序基本上一致的程序,根据实施例程序制备清洁组件并且进行评估。 Example 3 In substantially the same procedure with the procedure of Example 1, the cleaning assembly was prepared according to the procedure of Example and evaluated. 在该实验中,实际上不打印热转印带,而是将400米的实施例1合成纸清洁组件拉动通过打印机压区。 In this experiment, the thermal transfer ribbon is not actually print, but 400 meters Example 1 synthetic paper cleaning assembly is pulled through the printer nip. 通过比较,在实施例2中只有约12英寸的Sato清洁薄片实际接触打印头。 By comparison, the Sato cleaning sheet in Example 2, only about 12 inches actually contacting the printhead.

尽管与实施例2的清洁组件相比暴露了至少120倍,打印头的检查却显示对打印头加热元件阵列没有划伤或损伤。 Although exposure as compared with Example 2 of the cleaning assembly embodiments at least 120-fold, to check the print head have shown an array of print head heating element is not scratched or damaged. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中,并且发现可以完全运行而不降低性能(当与将400米合成纸清洁组件拉动通过打印机压区之前的打印头的性能相比)。 The print head was reinstalled into the printer, and found fully operational without compromising performance (when compared to the synthetic paper cleaning assembly 400 meters before the printer performance is pulled through the nip of the print head).

实施例4以与实施例1所述的程序基本上一致的程序,制备清洁带;但是,使用3.1密耳厚的″DURALITE DLI GRADE″纸而不是实施例1中使用的5.9密耳厚的纸,该纸的谢菲尔德平滑度为43。 Example 4 In substantially the same procedure with the procedure of Example 1, the cleaning tape was prepared; however, using 3.1 mil thick "DURALITE DLI GRADE" paper instead of 5.9 mil in Example 1 using a paper Sheffield smoothness of the paper is 43. 该带具有以下尺寸:宽4英寸,长9英寸。 The belt has the following dimensions: 4 inches wide, nine inches long.

将如此制备的带附于热打印带的开始部分,所述热打印带为″VERSAMARK THERMAL TRANSFER RIBBON″,由International ImagingMaterials Corporation(Amherst,New York)销售。 The tape thus prepared is attached to the beginning of the thermal printing tape, the printing tape is heat "VERSAMARK THERMAL TRANSFER RIBBON", from the International ImagingMaterials Corporation (Amherst, New York) sales. 该热打印带的宽度为4英寸,长度为300米。 The thermal printing tape width of 4 inches and a length of 300 meters.

将如图6所部分示例的这种复合带通过实施例1中所述的Zebra 140Xill打印机运行;用手拉动第一清洁引导部分通过打印机压区,然后参考实施例1使用该带部分打印线图案。 This composite part 6 with the example of FIG Zebra 140Xill operation by the printer in the embodiment of Example 1; cleaning by hand pulling a first portion of the guide through the printer nip, and the reference line patterns printed portion of the tape used in Example 1 . 将全部300米的带用于在4″宽、6″长的标记纸料上打印这种线图案。 All with 300 meters for a 4 "wide, 6" long to print such indicia line pattern on a paper stock.

重复该过程39次,直至在Zebra打印机中使用总共40个这样的复合带。 This process was repeated 39 times, until a total of 40 using such a composite belt Zebra printer. 该实验中共使用12,000米的复合带。 The Communist experiment using 12,000 meters of composite tape.

在该实验中,如实施例1的实验中所做的,拉动清洁部分通过打印头,同时对打印部分进行热打印。 In this experiment, done as described in Experimental Example 1, the cleaning section is pulled, while the print portion of the thermal printing by the print head.

在如此测试了40个复合带后,检查打印头。 After such a test of composite tape 40, the print inspection head. 没有发现打印头的划伤或损伤。 It found no scratches or damage the print head.

实施例5在制备下述涂布液之前,制备包含在最终组合物中的两种组分是有利的。 Example 5 The two components before preparing the following coating solution was prepared comprising in the final composition is advantageous. 制备15%的Mowiol 3-96溶液,Mowiol 3-96是完全水解的聚乙烯醇(购自Cariant Corporation,4000 Monroe Road,Charlotte,NC):称取170克冷水,置于Pyrex容器中。 Mowiol 3-96 was prepared in 15%, Mowiol 3-96 is fully hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol (purchased from Cariant Corporation, 4000 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC): 170 g of cold water was weighed, placed in Pyrex containers. 将该容器放置在装备有磁力搅拌器的电热板上。 The container is placed on a hot plate equipped with a magnetic stirrer. 在另外的容器中放入30克Mowiol 3-96。 30 g Mowiol 3-96 placed in a separate container. 在中到高速搅拌的同时,将Mowiol加入到冷水中。 While in the high-speed stirring, Mowiol was added to cold water. 将混合物升温至85℃。 The mixture was warmed to 85 ℃. 维持该温度约45分钟或者直至形成完全澄清的溶液。 This temperature was maintained for about 45 minutes or until a completely clear solution is formed. 在使用前将混合物冷却到室温。 Before use the mixture was cooled to room temperature.

下一组分是粘土分散体,其包含225克上述15.0%完全水解的聚乙烯醇溶液、380克平均粒子大小为0.65微米并且GE亮度为90.0%的干燥Burgess 17含水高岭粘土(购自Dartech,Inc 16485 Rockside Rd,Cleveland,OH)、380克平均粒子大小为3.0微米并且GE亮度为79.0%的干燥APEXK含水高岭粘土(同样购自Dartech,Inc)。 The next component is a clay dispersion comprising 225 g of 15.0% solution of the polyvinyl alcohol is fully hydrolyzed, 380 g average particle size of 0.65 microns and a GE brightness of 90.0% hydrous kaolin clay dried Burgess 17 (available from Dartech , Inc 16485 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH), 380 g of average particle size of 3.0 microns and a GE brightness of 79.0% hydrous kaolin clay dried APEXK (also available from Dartech, Inc). 将该混合物与703克自来水合并,并且用高剪切搅拌器混合1小时,直至获得平滑的均匀分散体,其总固体含量为47.0%。 The mixture was combined with 703 grams of tap water and mixed with a high shear mixer for one hour until a smooth, homogeneous dispersion having a total solids content of 47.0%.

制备涂布液:将9.00克37.0%固体的Cartaseal TPU Liquid(包含丙烯酸乳剂的水性专有配方,购自Cariant Corporation,4000 Monroe Road,Charlotte,NC)与16.88克上述的粘土分散体混合。 Preparation of coating solution: A 9.00 g 37.0% solids Cartaseal TPU Liquid (an aqueous proprietary formulation containing an acrylic emulsion purchased from Cariant Corporation, 4000 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC) was mixed with 16.88 g of the above-described clay dispersion. 此后,在温和搅拌下加入0.91克Hidorin H-526,一种44.0%硬脂酸锌(购自Cytech,Inc,906Peterson Dr.,Elizabethtown,KY)的水分散体。 Thereafter, under gentle stirring was added 0.91 g Hidorin H-526, one kind of 44.0% zinc stearate (purchased from Cytech, Inc, 906Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown, KY) aqueous dispersion. 然后,加入0.139克40.0%Zonyl FSN,一种含氟表面活性剂(由EIDupont制造,购自Chem Central ofBuffalo,NY)和1.38克20.0%Leucophor BCR荧光增白剂(购自CariantCorporation)。 Then, 0.139 g 40.0% Zonyl FSN, a fluorine surface active agent (manufactured by EI Dupont, purchased from Chem Central ofBuffalo, NY) and 1.38 g 20.0% Leucophor BCR optical brighteners (commercially available from CariantCorporation). 最后,向混合物中加入11.67克自来水,将涂布液的最终固体含量调节为30.0%。 Finally, 11.67 grams of tap water was added to the mixture and the final solids content of the coating solution was adjusted to 30.0%.

使用#5绕线迈耶涂棒,将该涂布液涂覆到150微米白色不透明的、线性取向的聚丙烯合成纸(购自HOP Industries,174 Passaic St,Garfield,NJ)上,并且用热空气喷枪干燥1分钟,以获得该实施例的清洁带。 Wire using a # 5 Meyer bar coating, coating fluid was applied to a 150 micron white opaque, linearly oriented polypropylene synthetic paper (purchased from HOP Industries, 174 Passaic St, Garfield, NJ), the heat and air gun dried for 1 minute, to obtain a cleaning tape of the embodiment. 获得的最终干涂量为0.80~1.0gsm。 The final dry coating weight obtained was 0.80 ~ 1.0gsm.

涂层与基材的附着力是通过用剃刀通过涂层但避免过分渗入基材划出交叉线图案而测试的。 Adhesion of the coating to the substrate by avoiding excessive penetration of the substrate intersecting line pattern drawn through the coating with a razor, but the test. 这样评估附着力:将一片3M 610带(购自3M,3MCenter,St.Paul,MN)置于有划痕的表面上,并且使用塑料辊确保紧密接触。 Such Adhesion Evaluation: A piece of 3M 610 tape (available from 3M, 3MCenter, St.Paul, MN) was placed on the scratched surface and a plastic roller to ensure intimate contact. 5分钟停留时间之后,以约8英寸/秒的速度轻爽地剥离该带。 After a residence time of 5 minutes, at a speed of about 8 inches / sec light cool peeled off the tape. 观察带和有划痕的表面。 Scratches and observation with a surface. 在该实施例中,没有从基材表面除去或者破坏涂层。 In this embodiment, there is no damage or remove the coating from the substrate surface. 使用Sheffield SmoothCheck测试清洁带涂布面的表面平滑度。 Sheffield SmoothCheck test using the cleaning tape surface smoothness of the coated surface. 该实施例获得的谢菲尔德平滑度为30~35。 Sheffield smoothness obtained in this embodiment is 30 to 35.

在Zebra 140 Xill热转印打印机上,使用450米的Fast Wax热转印带(获自IIMAK,310 Commerce Dr.,Amherst,NY 14228)以5cm/sec和30的打印机暗度设置在纸接收器(Fasson TT1C)上打印全宽度旋转的条形码。 On the Zebra 140 Xill thermal transfer printer 450 meters of Fast Wax used thermal transfer ribbon (obtained from IIMAK, 310 Commerce Dr., Amherst, NY 14228) at 5cm / sec and the printer 30 darkness provided a receiver sheet (Fasson TT1C) full width rotated bar code printed on. 从打印机中取出打印头并且用光学显微镜以50x的放大倍率进行检查。 Remove the print head from the printer and an optical microscope with a magnification of 50x to be checked. 打印头的显微照片显示,在打印头的加热线上有背涂层材料的堆积物。 Micrographs show the printhead, the heating line of the printing head with a back coating material deposits. 打印头没有另外损坏或划伤。 In addition the print head is damaged or scratched. 将打印头重新安装在打印机中,并且将4个20cm长1.5cm宽清洁带顺序置于Zebra打印机的打印压区中。 The print head was reinstalled in the printer, and the four long 20cm wide 1.5cm cleaning belt sequentially placed in the printing nip of the Zebra printer. 用手以约10cm/秒的速度拉动这些带使其完全通过打印压区。 By hand at a speed of about 10cm / sec These strips were completely pulled through the printing nip. 从打印机中取出打印头,用光学显微镜检查打印头加热元件阵列。 Remove the printhead from the printer, the heating element array with an optical microscope to check the print head. 显微分析表明,通过清洁带的清洁作用,除去了堆积在打印头加热元件阵列部分上的大部分污染物,所述的部分是由打印Fastwax带的作用而污染的。 Microscopic analysis revealed that the cleaning action of the cleaning strip to remove most of the contaminants deposited on the portion of the array of print head heating element, said part by the action of the printing belt Fastwax contamination. 另外,显微检查显示,打印头加热元件阵列没有因清洁带的作用而严重划伤。 In addition, microscopic examination revealed that the array of print head heating element by the action of the cleaning strip without severely scratched. 还观察到没有来自清洁带的小粒子沉积在打印头加热元件阵列的表面上。 Also observed that no small particles from the cleaning belt is deposited on the surface of the heating element array of the print head. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

实施例6在制备下述涂布液之前,必须制备包含在最终组合物中的两种组分。 Example 6 below before preparation of the coating solution must be prepared comprising two components in the final composition. 制备15%的Mowiol 3-96溶液,Mowiol 3-96是完全水解的聚乙烯醇(购自Cariant Corporation,4000 Monroe Road,Charlotte,NC):称取170克冷水,置于Pyrex容器中。 Mowiol 3-96 was prepared in 15%, Mowiol 3-96 is fully hydrolyzed polyvinyl alcohol (purchased from Cariant Corporation, 4000 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC): 170 g of cold water was weighed, placed in Pyrex containers. 将该容器放置在装备有磁力搅拌器的电热板上。 The container is placed on a hot plate equipped with a magnetic stirrer. 在另外的容器中放入30克Mowiol 3-96。 30 g Mowiol 3-96 placed in a separate container. 在中到高速搅拌的同时,将Mowiol加入到冷水中。 While in the high-speed stirring, Mowiol was added to cold water. 将混合物升温至85℃。 The mixture was warmed to 85 ℃. 维持该温度约45分钟或者直至形成完全澄清的溶液。 This temperature was maintained for about 45 minutes or until a completely clear solution is formed. 在使用前将混合物冷却到室温。 Before use the mixture was cooled to room temperature.

下一组分是粘土分散体,其包含225克上述15.0%完全水解的聚乙烯醇溶液、620克平均粒子大小为3.0微米并且GE亮度为79.0%的干燥APEX K含水高岭粘土(购自Dartech,Inc 16485 Rockside Rd,Cleveland,OH)。 The next component is a clay dispersion comprising 225 g of 15.0% solution of the polyvinyl alcohol is fully hydrolyzed, 620 g average particle size of 3.0 microns and a GE brightness of 79.0% dry APEX K hydrous kaolin clay (available from Dartech , Inc 16485 Rockside Rd, Cleveland, OH). 将该混合物结合入703克自来水中,并且用高剪切搅拌器混合1小时,直至获得平滑的均匀分散体,其总固体含量为47.0%。 The mixture was incorporated into 703 grams of tap water and mixed with a high shear mixer for one hour until a smooth, homogeneous dispersion having a total solids content of 47.0%.

制备涂布液:将9.00克37.0%固体的Cartaseal TPU Liquid(包含丙烯酸乳剂的水性专有配方,购自Cariant Corporation,4000 Monroe Road,Charlotte,NC)与16.88克上述的粘土分散体混合。 Preparation of coating solution: A 9.00 g 37.0% solids Cartaseal TPU Liquid (an aqueous proprietary formulation containing an acrylic emulsion purchased from Cariant Corporation, 4000 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC) was mixed with 16.88 g of the above-described clay dispersion. 此后,在温和搅拌下加入0.91克Hidorin H-526,一种44.0%硬脂酸锌(购自Cytech,Inc,906Peterson Dr.,Elizabethtown,KY)的水分散体。 Thereafter, under gentle stirring was added 0.91 g Hidorin H-526, one kind of 44.0% zinc stearate (purchased from Cytech, Inc, 906Peterson Dr., Elizabethtown, KY) aqueous dispersion. 然后,加入0.139克40.0%Zonyl FSN,一种含氟表面活性剂(由EIDupont制造,购自Chem Central ofBuffalo,NY)和1.38克20.0%Leucophor BCR荧光增白剂(购自CariantCorporation)。 Then, 0.139 g 40.0% Zonyl FSN, a fluorine surface active agent (manufactured by EI Dupont, purchased from Chem Central ofBuffalo, NY) and 1.38 g 20.0% Leucophor BCR optical brighteners (commercially available from CariantCorporation). 最后,向混合物中加入11.67克自来水,将涂布液的最终固体含量调节为30.0%。 Finally, 11.67 grams of tap water was added to the mixture and the final solids content of the coating solution was adjusted to 30.0%.

使用#5绕线迈耶涂棒,将该涂布液涂覆到150微米白色不透明的、线性取向的聚丙烯合成纸(购自HOP Industries,174 Passaic St,Garfield,NJ)上,并且用热空气喷枪干燥1分钟,以获得该实施例的清洁带。 Wire using a # 5 Meyer bar coating, coating fluid was applied to a 150 micron white opaque, linearly oriented polypropylene synthetic paper (purchased from HOP Industries, 174 Passaic St, Garfield, NJ), the heat and air gun dried for 1 minute, to obtain a cleaning tape of the embodiment. 获得的最终干涂量为0.80~1.0gsm。 The final dry coating weight obtained was 0.80 ~ 1.0gsm.

涂层与基材的附着力是通过用剃刀通过涂层但避免过分渗入基材划出交叉线图案而测试的。 Adhesion of the coating to the substrate by avoiding excessive penetration of the substrate intersecting line pattern drawn through the coating with a razor, but the test. 这样评估附着力:将一片3M 610带(购自3M,3MCenter,St.Paul,MN)置于有划痕的表面上,并且使用塑料辊确保紧密接触。 Such Adhesion Evaluation: A piece of 3M 610 tape (available from 3M, 3MCenter, St.Paul, MN) was placed on the scratched surface and a plastic roller to ensure intimate contact. 5分钟停留时间之后,以20cm/秒的速度轻爽地剥离该带。 After a residence time of 5 minutes, at a speed of 20cm / sec light cool peeling the tape. 观察带和有划痕的表面。 Scratches and observation with a surface. 在该实施例中,没有从基材表面除去或者破坏涂层。 In this embodiment, there is no damage or remove the coating from the substrate surface. 使用Sheffield SmoothCheck测试清洁带涂布面的表面平滑度。 Sheffield SmoothCheck test using the cleaning tape surface smoothness of the coated surface. 该实施例获得的谢菲尔德平滑度为80~85。 Sheffield smoothness is obtained in this embodiment is 80 ~ 85.

在Zebra 140 Xill热转印打印机上,使用450米的Fast Wax热转印带(获自IIMAK,310 Commerce Dr.,Amherst,NY 14228)以5cm/sec和30的打印机暗度设置在纸接收器(Fasson TT1 C)上打印全宽度旋转的条形码。 On the Zebra 140 Xill thermal transfer printer 450 meters of Fast Wax used thermal transfer ribbon (obtained from IIMAK, 310 Commerce Dr., Amherst, NY 14228) at 5cm / sec and the printer 30 darkness provided a receiver sheet full width print bar codes on a rotating (Fasson TT1 C). 从打印机中取出打印头并且用光学显微镜以50x的放大倍率进行检查。 Remove the print head from the printer and an optical microscope with a magnification of 50x to be checked. 打印头的显微照片显示,在打印头的加热线上有背涂层材料的堆积物。 Micrographs show the printhead, the heating line of the printing head with a back coating material deposits. 打印头没有另外损坏或划伤。 In addition the print head is damaged or scratched. 将打印头重新安装在打印机中,并且将4个20cm长1.5cm宽清洁带顺序置于Zebra打印机的打印压区中。 The print head was reinstalled in the printer, and the four long 20cm wide 1.5cm cleaning belt sequentially placed in the printing nip of the Zebra printer. 用手以约10cm/秒的速度拉动这些带使其完全通过打印压区。 By hand at a speed of about 10cm / sec These strips were completely pulled through the printing nip. 从打印机中取出打印头,用光学显微镜检查打印头加热元件阵列。 Remove the printhead from the printer, the heating element array with an optical microscope to check the print head. 显微分析表明,通过清洁带的清洁作用,除去了堆积在打印头加热元件阵列部分上的大部分污染物,所述的部分是由打印Fastwax带的作用而污染的。 Microscopic analysis revealed that the cleaning action of the cleaning strip to remove most of the contaminants deposited on the portion of the array of print head heating element, said part by the action of the printing belt Fastwax contamination. 与实施例5相比,该实施例的清洁带显著地除去了更多的污染堆积物。 Compared with Example 5, the cleaning tape of this embodiment is significantly removed more contamination deposits. 另外,显微检查显示,打印头加热元件阵列没有因清洁带的作用而严重划伤。 In addition, microscopic examination revealed that the array of print head heating element by the action of the cleaning strip without severely scratched. 还观察到没有来自清洁带的小粒子沉积在打印头加热元件阵列的表面上。 Also observed that no small particles from the cleaning belt is deposited on the surface of the heating element array of the print head. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

实施例7根据实施例6中使用的程序,将谢菲尔德平滑度为140~145的Sato打印头清洁带(获自Sato Company,″Sato Thermal Printer Cleaning Sheet″)置于Zebra打印机的打印压区;发现该清洁薄片包含微粒状的氧化铝。 Example 7 The procedure of Example 6 used in the examples, the Sheffield smoothness of 140 to 145 Sato printhead cleaning tape (available from Sato Company, "Sato Thermal Printer Cleaning Sheet") placed in the printing nip of the Zebra printer; the cleaning sheet was found to comprise particulate alumina. 用手以约10cm/秒的速度拉动该带使其完全通过打印压区。 By hand at a speed of about 10cm / sec completely pulls the tape through the print nip. 从打印机中取出热打印头,用光学显微镜检查打印头加热元件阵列。 Print head was removed from the printer, the heating element array with an optical microscope to check the print head. 显微分析表明,通过Sato清洁卡的清洁作用,除去了堆积在打印80和37%填充系数线的打印头加热元件阵列部分上的大部分污染物。 Microscopic analysis revealed that the cleaning action of the Sato cleaning card removed most of the contaminants deposited on the portion of the printing array 80 and 37 percent duty cycle lines of print head heating element. 另外,显微检查显示,打印头加热元件阵列因Sato清洁卡的作用而严重划伤。 In addition, microscopic examination revealed that the array of print head elements is heated by the action of the Sato cleaning card severely scratched. 还观察到没有来自Sato清洁卡的小粒子沉积在打印头加热元件阵列的表面上。 Also observed that no small particles from the Sato cleaning card is deposited on the surface of the heating element array of the print head. 将打印头重新安装到打印机中。 Reinstall the printhead into the printer.

本发明的范围是由后附权利要求表示的,而不是由上述描述和附图表示的。 Scope of the invention is indicated by the appended claims rather than by the foregoing description and accompanying drawings. 因此,在权利要求等价物的意义和范围内的所有变化均包含在权利要求中。 Therefore, all changes coming within the meaning of equivalency of the claims are included in the scope of the claims.

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  1. 1.一种热打印组件,其包含第一挠性部分,其中:所述第一挠性部分包含第一面和第二面,其中:所述第一面包含安置其中的多个第一粒子,并且其中所述粒子的努氏硬度小于约800。 1. A thermal printing assembly, comprising a first flexible section, wherein: said first flexible portion comprises a first and second faces, wherein: said first surface comprises a plurality of first particles disposed therein and wherein said particles of less than about 800 Knoop hardness.
  2. 2.根据权利要求1所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100谢菲尔德单位。 The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said first side has a Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100 Sheffield units.
  3. 3.根据权利要求1所述的热打印组件,其中所述第二面上涂覆有粘合剂。 3. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said second surface is coated with an adhesive.
  4. 4.根据权利要求3所述的热打印组件,其中所述粘合剂是压敏粘合剂。 The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 3, wherein said adhesive is a pressure sensitive adhesive.
  5. 5.根据权利要求1所述的热打印组件,其中所述热打印组件包含连接到所述第一挠性部分的第二挠性部分,并且其中所述第二挠性部分包含选自热转印带、染料升华带和直接热敏基材的热敏介质。 5. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said thermal printing assembly comprising a second flexible portion connected to the first flexible portion, and wherein said second flexible portion comprises a selected heat-transfer ribbon, dye sublimation ribbon and a direct thermal sensitive substrate thermal media.
  6. 6.根据权利要求5所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是包含成像面和背面的热转印带,并且其中所述第一挠性部分的所述第一面与所述热转印带的所述背面一致。 The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 5, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a thermal transfer ribbon comprising an imaging surface and a back surface, and wherein said first flexible portion and said first surface of said heat consistent with the backside of the transfer belt.
  7. 7.根据权利要求5所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是包含成像面和背面的直接热敏基材,并且其中所述第一挠性部分的所述第一面与所述直接热敏基材的所述成像面一致。 The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 5, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a direct thermal sensitive substrate comprising an imaging surface and a back surface, and wherein said first flexible portion of said first surface and said the same imaging plane direct thermal sensitive substrate.
  8. 8.根据权利要求6所述的热打印组件,其中至少约90重量百分比的所述第一粒子小于约100微米。 The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein at least about 90 weight percent of said first particles are smaller than about 100 microns.
  9. 9.根据权利要求6所述的热打印组件,其中至少约90重量百分比的所述第一粒子小于约15微米。 9. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein at least about 90 weight percent of said first particles are smaller than about 15 microns.
  10. 10.根据权利要求8所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一粒子的努氏硬度小于约500。 10. The thermal printing assembly as claimed in claim 8, wherein said first particles are less than about 500 Knoop hardness.
  11. 11.根据权利要求9所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一粒子的努氏硬度小于约150。 11. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 9, wherein said first particles are less than about 150 Knoop hardness.
  12. 12.根据权利要求10所述的热打印组件,其中至少约100个所述第一粒子/平方毫米所述第一面存在于所述第一面上并且在所述第一面上均匀分布。 12. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 10, wherein the first at least about 100 particles / mm is present in said first face of said first surface and uniformly distributed on the first surface.
  13. 13.根据权利要求11所述的热打印组件,其中至少约1000个所述第一粒子/平方毫米所述第一面存在于所述第一面上并且在所述第一面上均匀分布。 13. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 11, wherein the first at least about 1,000 particles / mm is present in said first face of said first plane and uniformly distributed on the first surface.
  14. 14.根据权利要求12所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约50。 14. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 12, wherein said first side has a Sheffield smoothness of less than about 50.
  15. 15.根据权利要求13所述的热打印组件其中所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度30。 15. Sheffield thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 13 wherein said first surface smoothness of 30.
  16. 16.根据权利要求14所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分的厚度小于约500微米。 16. The thermal printing assembly as claimed in claim 14, wherein the thickness of said first flexible section is less than about 500 microns.
  17. 17.根据权利要求16所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分的厚度为约100~约175微米。 17. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 16, wherein the thickness of said first flexible section is from about 100 to about 175 microns.
  18. 18.根据权利要求6所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分包含挠性载体。 18. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first flexible portion comprises a flexible support.
  19. 19.根据权利要求18所述的热打印组件,其中所述挠性载体是包含聚合物材料的挠性聚合物载体。 19. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 18, wherein said flexible support is a flexible polymeric material comprises a polymeric carrier.
  20. 20.根据权利要求19所述的热打印组件,其中所述聚合物材料选自聚(对苯二甲酸乙二醇酯)、聚丙烯、聚烯烃类、玻璃纸、聚碳酸酯、乙酸纤维素、聚乙烯、聚氯乙烯、聚苯乙烯、聚酰亚胺、聚偏二氯乙烯、聚乙烯醇、氟树脂、氯化树脂、离子交联聚合物以及它们的混合物。 20. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 19, wherein said polymeric material is selected from poly (ethylene terephthalate), polypropylene, polyolefins, cellophane, polycarbonate, cellulose acetate, polyethylene, polyvinyl chloride, polystyrene, polyimide, polyvinylidene chloride, polyvinyl alcohol, fluororesin, chlorinated resin, ionomer, and mixtures thereof.
  21. 21.根据权利要求18所述的打印组件,其中所述挠性载体是挠性纸。 21. The printing assembly as recited in claim 18, wherein said flexible support is a flexible sheet.
  22. 22.根据权利要求18所述的打印组件,其中所述挠性载体涂布有第一层以形成所述第一面;所述的第一层中包含多个所述第一粒子和第一粘合剂;所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100谢菲尔德单位,并且其中所述第一粒子的努氏硬度小于约800。 22. The printing assembly as recited in claim 18, wherein said flexible support is coated with a first layer to form the first surface; the first layer comprises a first plurality of said first particles and adhesive; the first side has a Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100 Sheffield units, and wherein said first particles are less than about 800 Knoop hardness.
  23. 23.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一粒子是无机粒子。 23. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first particles are inorganic particles.
  24. 24.根据权利要求23所述的打印组件,其中所述无机粒子选自碳酸钙粒子、云母粒子、滑石粒子、粘土粒子以及它们的混合物。 24. The printing assembly as recited in claim 23, particles, mica particles, talc particles, clay particles, and mixtures thereof wherein the inorganic particles are selected from calcium carbonate.
  25. 25.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一粒子是有机粒子。 25. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first particles are organic particles.
  26. 26.根据权利要求25所述的打印组件,其中所述有机粒子选自聚苯乙烯粒子、聚甲基丙烯酸甲酯粒子、聚(丙烯酸正丁酯)粒子、聚丁二烯粒子、聚(二乙烯基苯)粒子、乙酸纤维素粒子以及它们的混合物。 26. The printing assembly as recited in claim 25, wherein the organic particles are selected from polystyrene particles, polymethyl methacrylate particles, poly (n-butyl acrylate) particles, particles of polybutadiene, poly (di divinylbenzene) particles, particles of cellulose acetate, and mixtures thereof.
  27. 27.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一粒子包含无机粒子和有机粒子。 27. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first particles comprise organic particles and inorganic particles.
  28. 28.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分包含折射率大于1.4的不透明化粒子。 28. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first flexible section is comprised of opacification particles a refractive index greater than 1.4.
  29. 29.根据权利要求1所述的打印组件,其还包含第二挠性部分,其中a.所述第二挠性部分与所述第一挠性部分一致,b.所述第二挠性部分包含第三面和第四面,其中i.所述第三面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约85谢菲尔德单位,ii.所述第三面包含安置其中的多个第二粒子,并且其中所述第二粒子的努氏硬度小于约700。 29. The printing assembly as recited in claim 1, further comprising a second flexible section, wherein a. Said second flexible section coincides with said first flexible section, b. Said second flexible section It includes a third surface and a fourth surface, wherein i. the third surface Sheffield smoothness of less than about 85 Sheffield units, ii. the third surface comprises a plurality of second particles disposed therein, and wherein said second particles of less than about 700 Knoop hardness.
  30. 30.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分包含合成纸。 30. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first flexible section is comprised of synthetic paper.
  31. 31.根据权利要求30所述的打印组件,其中所述合成纸是粘土改性的聚丙烯合成纸。 31. The printing assembly as recited in claim 30, wherein said synthetic paper is a clay modified polypropylene synthetic paper.
  32. 32.根据权利要求30所述的打印组件,其中所述合成纸是定向聚丙烯合成纸。 32. The printing assembly as recited in claim 30, wherein said synthetic paper is an oriented polypropylene synthetic paper.
  33. 33.根据权利要求30所述的打印组件,其中所述合成纸是聚乙烯-基合成纸。 33. The printing assembly as recited in claim 30, wherein said synthetic paper is a polyethylene - based synthetic paper.
  34. 34.根据权利要求31所述的打印组件,其中所述合成纸的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约50。 34. The printing assembly according to claim 31, wherein said synthetic paper Sheffield smoothness of less than about 50.
  35. 35.根据权利要求1所述的打印组件,其中所述热打印组件还包含第二挠性部分,其中:所述第二挠性部分包含第三面,该第三面包含安置其中的多个第二粒子,并且其中所述第二粒子的努氏硬度小于约800。 35. The printing assembly as recited in claim 1, wherein said thermal printing assembly further comprises a second flexible section, wherein: said second flexible portion comprises a third surface, the third surface disposed therein comprising a plurality of the second particles, and wherein the second particles Knoop hardness of less than about 800.
  36. 36.根据权利要求35所述的打印组件,其中所述第一粒子的平均粒子大小与所述第二粒子的平均粒子大小不同。 36. The printing assembly as recited in claim 35, wherein an average particle size of the first particles and the average particle size of said second particles are different.
  37. 37.根据权利要求35所述的打印组件,其中所述第一粒子的化学组成与所述第二粒子的化学组成不同。 37. The printing assembly as recited in claim 35, wherein the chemical composition of the first particles and the chemical composition of the second particles are different.
  38. 38.根据权利要求6所述的打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分通过电线绝缘包布连接到所述第二挠性部分。 38. The printing assembly as recited in claim 6, wherein said first flexible section via an insulating wire cloth connected to the second flexible portion.
  39. 39.根据权利要求29所述的打印组件,其中所述热打印组件包含连接到所述第二挠性部分的第三挠性部分,并且其中所述第三挠性部分包含选自热转印带、染料升华带和直接热敏基材的热敏介质。 39. The printing assembly as recited in claim 29, wherein said thermal printing assembly includes a third flexible portion connected to the second flexible portion, and wherein said selected portion comprises a third flexible heat transfer tape, with a dye sublimation thermal media and a direct thermal sensitive substrate.
  40. 40.根据权利要求39所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是包含成像面和背面的热转印带,并且其中所述第一挠性部分的所述第一面与所述热转印带的所述背面一致。 40. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 39, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a thermal transfer ribbon comprising an imaging surface and a back surface, and wherein said first flexible portion and said first surface of said heat consistent with the backside of the transfer belt.
  41. 41.根据权利要求39所述的热打印组件,其中所述第一挠性部分和所述第二挠性部分包含粘合剂面,其中所述粘合剂面包含压板辊清洁粘合剂。 41. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 39, wherein said first flexible portion and second flexible portion comprises the adhesive surface, wherein said adhesive surface comprises a platen roller cleaning adhesive.
  42. 42.根据权利要求5所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是包含成像面和背面的染料升华带,并且其中所述第一挠性部分的所述第一面与所述染料升华带的所述背面一致。 42. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 5, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a tape comprising a dye sublimation imaging side and a backside, and wherein said first flexible portion of said first surface and said dye sublimation consistent with the back surface of the belt.
  43. 43.根据权利要求5所述的热打印组件,其还包含包括第三面的第三挠性部分,其中所述第三面包含压板辊清洁粘合剂。 43. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 5, further comprising a third flexible section comprises a third surface, wherein said third surface comprises a platen roller cleaning adhesive.
  44. 44.根据权利要求43所述的热打印组件,其中所述第三面与所述第一挠性部分的所述第一面一致,并且其中所述第三面包含所述压板辊清洁粘合剂,并且与所述第一挠性部分的所述第二面一致。 44. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 43, wherein the third plane coincides with said first portion of said first flexible surface, and wherein said third surface of said platen roller cleaning adhesive comprising agents, and in accordance with said second portion of said first flexible surface.
  45. 45.根据权利要求44所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质选自热转印带和染料升华带,并且所述第三挠性部分的所述第三面与所述热敏介质的所述成像面一致。 45. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 44, wherein said medium is selected from a thermal transfer ribbon and a thermal dye sublimation ribbon, and said third flexible portion of the third surface and the thermal media the same imaging plane.
  46. 46.根据权利要求44所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是直接热敏基材,并且所述第三挠性部分的所述第三面与所述热敏介质的所述背面一致。 46. ​​The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 44, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a direct thermal sensitive substrate, and the back surface of the third flexible portion of the third surface and the thermal media consistent.
  47. 47.一种热打印组件,其包含热转印带和多个挠性部分,其中:a.每个所述挠性部分具有第一面和第二面,其中:i.所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100谢菲尔德单位,ii.所述第一面包含安置其中的多个第一粒子,并且其中所述粒子的努氏硬度小于约800;b.所述热转印带包含成像面和背面,并且其中i.所述热转印带与所述挠性部分一致,ii.所述热转印带的所述成像面与所述挠性部分的所述第一面一致。 47. A thermal printing assembly, and a thermal transfer ribbon comprising a plurality of flexible portions, wherein: a portion of each of said flexure having first and second faces, wherein:. I of the first face. Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100 Sheffield units, II the first side comprising a first plurality of particles disposed therein, and wherein said particles Knoop hardness of less than about 800;. b the thermal transfer ribbon. It includes an imaging side and a backside, and wherein i. the thermal transfer ribbon is consistent with the flexible portion, ii. the thermal transfer ribbon coincides with the imaging plane of the flexible portion of the first surface .
  48. 48.一种热打印组件,其包含直接热介质和多个挠性部分,其中:a.每个所述挠性部分具有第一面和第二面,其中:i.所述第一面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100谢菲尔德单位,ii.所述第一面包含安置其中的多个第一粒子,并且其中所述粒子的努氏硬度小于约800;b.所述直接热介质包含成像面和背面,并且其中i.所述直接热介质与所述挠性部分一致,ii.所述直接热介质的所述成像面与所述挠性部分的所述第一面一致。 48. A thermal printing assembly, comprising a plurality of direct thermal medium and a flexible portion, wherein:. A flexible portion having each of said first and second faces, wherein: i said first surface. Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100 Sheffield units, II the first side comprising a first plurality of particles disposed therein, and wherein said particles Knoop hardness of less than about 800;. b the medium comprises a direct thermal imaging. and a back surface, and wherein I. the direct thermal medium and the same flexible portion, II. the surface of the direct thermal imaging medium in accordance with the first surface of the flexible portion.
  49. 49.一种热打印产品,其包含:a.第一挠性部分,该第一挠性部分具有用于从热打印头除去材料的非研磨性表面,所述非研磨性表面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100;和b.第二挠性部分,该第二挠性部分具有用于接触所述热打印头的表面,所述第二挠性部分包含热敏介质,所述第二挠性部分与所述第一挠性部分一致。 49. A thermal printing product, comprising: a Sheffield smoothness of the first flexible portion, the flexible portion having a first thermal print head is removed from a non-abrasive surface material, said non-abrasive surface. of less than about 100; and b. a second flexible portion, the second flexible section having a surface in contact with said thermal head, said second flexible portion comprises a thermally sensitive media, said second flexible portion coincides with said first flexible section.
  50. 50.权利要求49的产品,其中所述非研磨性表面包含软粒子。 50. A product as claimed in claim 49, wherein said surface comprises a soft non-abrasive particles.
  51. 51.权利要求49的产品,其中所述粒子的努氏硬度小于约800。 51. The product of claim 49, wherein said particles of less than about 800 Knoop hardness.
  52. 52.权利要求49的产品,其中所述非研磨性表面包含合成纸。 52. The product of claim 49, wherein said non-abrasive surface is comprised of synthetic paper.
  53. 53.一种操作热打印装置的方法,所述方法包括以下步骤:a.将第一挠性部分和第二挠性部分定位于热打印装置中,其中所述热打印装置包含热打印头;b.将所述第一挠性部分相对于所述热打印头移动,使得谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100的非研磨性表面从所述热打印头除去材料;和c.通过将所述第二挠性部分相对于所述热打印头移动而打印标记。 53. A method of operating a thermal printing apparatus, the method comprising the steps of: a first flexible portion and second flexible portion positioned in a thermal printing apparatus, wherein said thermal printing means comprises a thermal print head;. . the first flexible section B with respect to the thermal print head is moved, such that the material is removed from the thermal print head Sheffield smoothness of a non-abrasive surface is less than about 100; and c by the second the flexible portions with respect to said thermal print mark print head movement.
  54. 54.权利要求53的方法,其中所述打印步骤在所述的移动所述第一挠性部分的步骤之后发生。 54. The method of claim 53, wherein said printing step occurs after said step of moving said first flexible section.
  55. 55.权利要求53的方法,其中所述的移动所述第一挠性部分的步骤在所述打印步骤之后发生。 55. The method of claim 53, wherein said step of moving said first flexible section occurs after the printing step.
  56. 56.权利要求53的方法,其中所述打印步骤包括使用热转印带的步骤。 56. The method of claim 53, wherein said printing step comprises the step of using a thermal transfer ribbon.
  57. 57.权利要求53的方法,其中所述打印步骤的包括使用直接热敏基材的步骤。 57. The method of claim 53, wherein said printing step comprises the step of using a direct thermal sensitive substrate.
  58. 58.权利要求53的方法,其中所述第二挠性部分是选自热转印带、染料升华带和直接热敏基材的热敏介质。 58. The method of claim 53, wherein said second flexible section is selected from a thermal transfer ribbon, dye sublimation and thermal media with direct thermal sensitive substrate.
  59. 59.一种热打印产品,其包含:第一挠性部分,该第一挠性部分具有用于从热打印头除去材料的非研磨性表面,所述非研磨性表面包含软粒子;和第二挠性部分,该第二挠性部分具有用于接触所述热打印头的表面,所述第二挠性部分包含热敏介质,所述第二挠性部分与所述第一挠性部分接触。 59. A thermal printing product, comprising: a first flexible section, the flexible portion having a first non-abrasive surface for removing material, said surface comprises a soft non-abrasive particles from the thermal print head; and two flexible portion, the flexible portion having a second surface for contacting said thermal print head, said second flexible section comprises a thermally sensitive media, said second flexible portion of said first flexible section contact.
  60. 60.权利要求59的产品,其中所述软粒子的努氏硬度小于约800。 60. The product of claim 59, wherein the soft particles Knoop hardness of less than about 800.
  61. 61.权利要求59的产品,其中所述非研磨性表面的谢菲尔德平滑度小于约100。 61. The product of claim 59, wherein said non-abrasive surface Sheffield smoothness of less than about 100.
  62. 62.权利要求59的产品,其中所述非研磨性表面包含合成纸。 62. The product of claim 59, wherein said non-abrasive surface is comprised of synthetic paper.
  63. 63.一种热打印组件,其包含第一挠性部分和第二挠性部分,其中:a.所述第一挠性部分包含第一面和第二面,其中:i.所述第一面包含安置其中的多个第一粒子,并且ii.所述粒子的努氏硬度小于约800,iii.所述第二面包含压板辊清洁粘合剂,b.所述的第二挠性部分包含热敏介质。 63. A thermal printing assembly, comprising a first flexible portion and second flexible portion, wherein: a first flexible portion comprises the first and second faces, wherein:. I the first. a first surface comprising a plurality of particles disposed therein, and ii. Knoop hardness of the particles of less than about 800, iii. the second surface comprises a platen roller cleaning adhesive, b. said second flexible portion It contains thermal media.
  64. 64.根据权利要求63所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质选自热转印带和染料升华带,并且所述第一挠性部分的所述第二面与所述热敏介质的所述成像面一致。 64. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 63, wherein said medium is selected from a thermal transfer ribbon and a thermal dye sublimation ribbon, and said second portion of said first flexible surface and the thermal media the same imaging plane.
  65. 65.根据权利要求63所述的热打印组件,其中所述热敏介质是直接热敏基材,并且所述第一挠性部分的所述第二面与所述热敏介质的所述背面一致。 65. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 63, wherein said thermally sensitive media is a direct thermal sensitive substrate, and the back surface of the flexible portion of the first surface and the second thermal media consistent.
  66. 66.根据权利要求63所述的热打印组件,其中至少约100个所述第一粒子/平方毫米所述第一面存在于所述第一面上并且在所述第一面上均匀分布。 66. The thermal printing assembly as recited in claim 63, wherein the first at least about 100 particles / mm is present in said first face of said first surface and uniformly distributed on the first surface.
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